Hurricane Idalia & Coast Guard Updates: August 31st, 2023
Gale-force winds are expected to arrive Thursday evening and remain through Friday. Sustained northeast winds between 34-40 mph
PORTSMOUTH, Va. − U.S. Coast Guard: "Coast Guard Sector Virginia urges the public to exercise caution as the region is impacted by significant weather from Hurricane Idalia, Thursday.
Gale-force winds are expected to arrive Thursday evening and remain through Friday. Sustained northeast winds between 34-40 mph are anticipated at Cape Henry, Cape Charles, and the Chesapeake Bay with possible gusts as high as 51 mph, resulting in hazardous marine conditions.
Eight-foot seas offshore are expected Thursday through Friday. These conditions create life-threatening beach hazards, including dangerous rip currents and large battering waves."
In preparation for Hurricane Idalia, the Coast Guard recommends the following safety and preparedness tips:
Stay clear of beaches: High surf and strong rip currents will occur as the storm passes. Do not enter until local lifeguards and law enforcement officials say the water is safe.
Stay off the water: When a storm strengthens, the Coast Guard’s search and rescue capabilities degrade. As a result, help may be delayed. Boaters are recommended to follow weather watches, warnings, and small craft advisories.
Secure belongings: Boatowners should verify moorings, secure loose equipment, and store trailer-able boats (including kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddle craft) in a place not susceptible to flooding.
Stay informed: Boaters can monitor its progress on VHF radio channel 16. The public should monitor the storm through local television, radio, and the Internet.