ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. - In a release issued by the Coast Guard, boaters and swimmers are being warned to stay away from the water because of high winds and the potential for severe weather.
The Coast Guard recommends the maritime community to exercise caution on the water and to take early action to properly secure vessels and gear. Severe weather is predicted in the next 1-2 days.
Action News Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Tom Johnston says wind gusts of up to 40 mph have been reported. The National Weather Service predicts a strong cold front will bring north winds between 15-25 mph.
In addition, the Coast Guard release says seas will build between 8-11 ft. Johnston forecasts sea levels to rise more than that, and the Coast Guard also says it could get up to 16 ft. Wednesday with strong rip currents developing.
3:05 a.m. Jax Beach Pier: 36 MPH sustained, Gust: 45 mph
4:15 a.m. Jax Beach Pier: 37 Gust 46 mph
4:50 a.m. Jax Beach Pier: Gust 46 mph
5:10 a.m. Buck Island/W. Mayport: 37 sustained, Gust: 43 mph
The Coast Guard also advises mariners to ensure boats are properly secured. Mariners are advised to ensure all gear that could blow away inside boats are also tied down. Boaters are warned to avoid offshore travel. Swimmers should also stay away from beaches.
For more information about the forecast, visit the National Weather Service's website.