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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Caribou ME
251 AM EDT Fri May 25 2018

...National Weather Service Cold Water Safety Message...

* The warm air temperatures today in the 80s may cause people to
  underestimate the dangers of the cold water temperatures which
  are currently in the 40s and lower 50s on the lakes, and in the
  mid 50s to around 60 degrees on the rivers.

* The cold water temperatures can quickly cause cold water shock to
  anyone immersed in the water. According to cold water experts, when
  the water temperatures are below 50 degrees, the chance of
  immediate incapacitation due to cold shock is extremely high.
  Anyone on small boats, canoes or kayaks should plan accordingly if
  recreating this weekend and use extreme caution to avoid this
  threat. Paddle smart from the start and always wear your life
  jacket!

* Gusty winds are also expected today with gusts up to 35 mph from
  the west. If boating on large bodies of water, these strong
  winds can increase the likelihood of overturning your boat,
  canoe or kayak due to increased wave heights.

$$

CB



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