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000 NOUS41 KGYX 241204 PNSGYX 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. $$ NNNN

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