Coast Guard talks hurricane preparations ahead of Hurricane Florence

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — As the area watches Hurricane Florence closely, the U.S. Coast Guard wants to make sure you’re listening to all warnings and staying safe.

Admiral Keith Smith says with the current path, they’ve already had to move some of their resources 

“We’re going to send our A60 helicopters down to Savannah. We relocated them up north because of the storms trajectory, so were making some last minute adjustments as we see fit to put our resources in the best position to respond to the storm,” said Admiral Smith.

And he says it’s important for residents to take warnings seriously. 

“Understand we may not be able to respond if severe weather exists,” he said.

Smith says if someone’s stuck at sea, they are limited to what they can do during the storm.

“During the height of Hurricane Florence, our ability to conduct maritime search and rescue will be severely diminished. Do not go out on the water or on the beach during the storm,” he said.

He says they’ve done their last active patrols over the waterways letting mariners know about the storm.

“We got a documentation of how many vessels are out there, we’re tracking that. We did notify them and let them know,” Smith said. 

He says after the storm they’ll be ready to respond.

He also says they’re working closely with other agencies to give help when needed.

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