Safe Boating Week 2005

 

The Waterspout Danger
National Weather Service Wilmington, North Carolina

 
 

...THE WATERSPOUT DANGER...

THE FOLLOWING IS A SAFE BOATING MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN WILMINGTON NORTH CAROLINA.

EACH YEAR OVER A DOZEN WATERSPOUTS ARE REPORTED TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FROM THE COASTAL WATERS OF SOUTHEAST NORTH CAROLINA AND NORTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA.  WATERSPOUTS OCCUR MOST COMMONLY DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS AND APPEAR AS A SLENDER GRAY OR WHITE TUBE EXTENDING FROM A CLOUD TO THE OCEAN SURFACE.  ALTHOUGH SMALL IN SIZE, WATERSPOUTS CAN CONTAIN WIND SPEEDS AS STRONG AS SOME HURRICANES THAT CAN CAPSIZE A BOAT.

IF A WATERSPOUT IS SEEN WHILE AT SEA, YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY MOVE AT A RIGHT ANGLE TO THE DIRECTION OF MOVEMENT OF THE WATERSPOUT.  THIS WILL TAKE YOU OUT OF THE PATH OF THE WATERSPOUT AND ENSURE YOUR SAFETY.  WATERSPOUTS CAN SOMETIMES CROSS THE SHORELINE AND CAUSE DAMAGE INLAND UP TO A DISTANCE OF A HALF MILE.  IF A WATERSPOUT IS OBSERVED MOVING TOWARD YOU ON THE BEACH, YOU SHOULD MOVE IMMEDIATELY INTO A SUBSTANTIAL STRUCTURE LIKE A HOTEL OR WELL-CONSTRUCTED HOME AND STAY AWAY FROM DOORS AND WINDOWS.  HURRICANE FORCE WINDS CAN OCCUR IN A WATERSPOUT AND CAN SEVERELY INJURE OR EVEN KILL UNPROTECTED PEOPLE. 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON WILL ISSUE A SPECIAL MARINE WARNING WHEN RELIABLE REPORTS ARE RECEIVED OF WATERSPOUTS.  IF THE WATERSPOUT MAY AFFECT LAND, THEN THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL ISSUE A TORNADO WARNING. IF YOU OBSERVE A WATERSPOUT, CONTACT THE COAST GUARD OR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY AND ASK THAT YOUR REPORT IS RELAYED TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. 

THIS MESSAGE WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN WILMINGTON NORTH CAROLINA.

...YOU'RE IN COMMAND. BOAT RESPONSIBLY!...

 

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