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Public Information Statement...Safe Boating/Beach Safety
National Weather Service Gray ME
804 AM EDT Tue May 24 2016

...SAFE BOATING AND BEACH SAFETY WEEK CONTINUES...

Thunderstorms pose the greatest threat to boaters during the
spring and summer seasons. Knowing what to do when
thunderstorms appear on the horizon can mean the difference
between reaching safety at the shore and riding out a
thunderstorm at sea. The following tips will help you
stay alert for changing weather conditions out on the water:

*** Watch For Signs Of Approaching Storms***

A dark...threatening sky may foretell the approach of a squall line
or thunderstorm. In addition...be on the alert for lightning flashes
or a steady increase in the wind or sea.

Increasing static on your am radio may be an indication of nearby
thunderstorm activity.

Listen to NOAA Weather Radio. When thunderstorms threaten the
coastal waters...be on the alert for statements or Special Marine
Warnings.  These statements will tell you where the thunderstorms
are...where they are expected to go...and how strong there are
expected to be.

If a thunderstorm approaches...head for shore if possible. Get out
of your boat and away from the water. Find shelter immediately

***If A Thunderstorm Does Catch You While Afloat***

Remember...gusty winds and lightning pose the greatest threat to
safety during a thunderstorm.

Put on your personal flotation device and prepare for rough seas.
Remember life jackets float...you don`t.  Stay below deck if
possible.

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