Weather Alerts for Portland Maine

Issued by the National Weather Service

Beach Hazards Statement  BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT   Beach Hazards Statement
PORTLAND MAINE

Areas Affected:
Coastal Cumberland - Sagadahoc - Lincoln - Knox - Coastal Waldo
Effective: Sun, 6/16 3:01am Updated: Sun, 6/16 4:30pm Urgency: Expected
Expires: Sun, 6/16 11:15am Severity:  Moderate  Certainty: Likely

 
Details:
* WHAT...Warm air temperatures in the 70s may cause people to
underestimate the dangers of the cold water temperatures, which
are currently only in the 50s.

* WHERE...Coastal Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and
Coastal Waldo Counties.

* WHEN...From 8 AM EDT this morning through this evening.

* IMPACTS...When the water temperature is below 60 degrees, the
average submerged person could lose dexterity within minutes and
be unable to accomplish simple tasks. Anyone on boats or
paddlecraft should use extreme caution to avoid this threat.

Information:
A Beach Hazards Statement is issued on days when a significant
number of boats and paddlecraft are expected to be out on the
water and when warm air temperatures may cause people to
underestimate the danger of the cold water. Paddle smart from the
start. Always wear your life jacket. Be aware of wind conditions,
tides, and localized currents.

All boaters and paddlers are highly encouraged to contact the
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or U.S. Power Squadrons at
www.wow.uscgaux/i_want_a_usc/index.php to receive a FREE vessel
check. This is a convenient, no consequence way to ensure your
vessel is outfitted with all required safety equipment.
Additionally, please label your paddlecraft with your contact
information (IF FOUND Sticker) in the event it is found adrift on
the water.