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URGENT - MARINE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEDFORD OR
337 PM PDT FRI MAY 6 2016

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WATERS FROM CAPE BLANCO OR TO PT. ST. GEORGE CA FROM 10 TO 60 NM-
337 PM PDT FRI MAY 6 2016

...GALE WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM PDT SATURDAY...
...HAZARDOUS SEAS WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM PDT SATURDAY...
...GALE WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH MONDAY
EVENING...

* WINDS...NORTH 25 TO 35 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 KT THROUGH
  SATURDAY EVENING. WINDS WILL LIKELY REMAIN STRONG AND MAY REACH
  GALE FORCE AGAIN IN THE SOUTHERN PORTION OF THE WATERS LATE
  SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH MONDAY EVENING.

* SEAS...CONSISTING PRIMARILY OF SHORT PERIOD WIND DRIVEN
  WAVES....WILL BE VERY STEEP AT 9 TO 13 FEET THROUGH THIS EVENING
  THEN 8 TO 11 FEET SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY EVENING.

* AREAS AFFECTED AND TIMING...GALE FORCE WINDS WILL OCCUR MOSTLY
  SOUTH OF PORT ORFORD WITH NEAR GALES AND HAZARDOUS SEAS IN THE
  OUTER PORTION. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY CONDITIONS WILL AFFECT THE
  REST OF THE ZONE. THE STRONGEST WINDS AND STEEPEST SEAS WILL
  OCCUR DURING THE AFTERNOONS AND EVENINGS.

* VIEW THE HAZARD AREA IN DETAIL AT
  HTTP://WEATHER.GOV/MEDFORD/HAZARD

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A GALE WARNING MEANS WINDS OF 34 TO 47 KNOTS ALONG WITH VERY
STEEP AND HAZARDOUS SEAS ARE IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. OPERATING A
VESSEL IN GALE CONDITIONS REQUIRES EXPERIENCE AND PROPERLY
EQUIPPED VESSELS. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT MARINERS WITHOUT
THE PROPER EXPERIENCE SEEK SAFE HARBOR PRIOR TO THE ONSET OF GALE
CONDITIONS.

A GALE WATCH IS ISSUED WHEN THE RISK OF GALE FORCE WINDS OF 34 TO
47 KNOTS HAS SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED...BUT THE SPECIFIC TIMING
AND/OR LOCATION IS STILL UNCERTAIN. IT IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE
ADDITIONAL LEAD TIME FOR MARINERS WHO MAY WISH TO CONSIDER
ALTERING THEIR PLANS.

A HAZARDOUS SEAS WARNING MEANS VERY STEEP AND HAZARDOUS SEA
CONDITIONS ARE IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. RECREATIONAL BOATERS SHOULD
REMAIN IN PORT...OR TAKE SHELTER UNTIL WAVES SUBSIDE.  COMMERCIAL
VESSELS SHOULD PREPARE FOR ROUGH SEAS AND CONSIDER REMAINING IN
PORT OR TAKING SHELTER IN PORT UNTIL HAZARDOUS SEAS SUBSIDE.

&&

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