SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Large swells and high surf are expected along the South Carolina and Georgia coasts from Hurricane Igor in the next few days that will create hazardous navigation conditions and dangerous rip currents, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
With surf conditions expected to deteriorate Friday through the early part of next week due to Hurricane Igor, boaters should monitor weather conditions before heading out to sea, the Coast Guard recommends. Mariners are urged to use caution and closely follow the progression of the storm.
Adverse weather effects caused by tropical depression, storm, or hurricane can cover an area hundreds of miles wide.
Boaters should always wear life jackets and file a float plan with a family member or friend, according to the Coast Guard. Boaters are also urged to have a working VHF radio, signaling devices and an emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB).
The Coast Guard requests that the public not call Coast Guard facilities for weather information, but they should listen to weather broadcasts. Check storm information at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.