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Coast Guard warns boaters ahead of stormy holiday weekend

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The U.S. Coast Guard is warning boaters ahead of a potentially stormy holiday weekend. (WFSB) The U.S. Coast Guard is warning boaters ahead of a potentially stormy holiday weekend. (WFSB)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Boaters are preparing for a busy last hurrah to summer on the water...even if the forecast isn't exactly ideal.

Ahead of the holiday weekend, officials are getting ready to make sure everyone stays safe through the storm, as Tropical Storm Hermine makes her way up the coast.

It’s one of the last big kayak rental weekends for Paul Vonmaffei at Branford’s Action Sports.

"Once school starts, it starts to tighten up and there's not that much time on the water anymore,” Vonmaffei said.

He's not so concerned about the rain, but if the wind picks up, they won't encourage people to rent kayaks or paddleboards.

"A boat floats and is affected by water, wind and waves obviously, so if it gets too dangerous it's not worth doing it,” Vonmaffei said.

Over at Coast Guard Headquarters in New Haven on Thursday, they were checking equipment and getting ready for extra patrols this weekend.

They'll all have life jackets on, and they encourage all boaters to do the same.

Also, check your fire extinguisher and lights ahead of time, and leave the alcohol behind.

The captain says although they are expecting rain of course for Sunday and Monday, they're most concerned about Saturday, if people head out in the calm weather and then by the evening those winds start to pick up.

"We’re expecting winds 20 knots or more, that's fairly substantial wind particularly if you're in a kayak or paddleboard,” said U.S. Coast Guard Captain Andrew Tucci.

So before you go, check the weather. Also, keep an eye on the WFSB app on your phone for any changes.

"Weather can change quickly, and it can surprise you and if you're already quite a distance out, the time to get back maybe more than you expect,” Tucci said.

Boaters are being advised to plan where they’ll be going, and leave those plans with someone on shore, who knows when you're expected back.

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