Severe Weather Guide: Boating Safety

Severe Weather

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Imagine this: a perfectly blue sunny sky, so you decide to head out on the water. All of a sudden, the sky turns dark and storms are popping up on the radar. But you are far away from the dock, so what happens next?

Thunderstorms can cause a multitude of problems for boaters: gusty winds, high waves, waterspouts, lightning and downpours.

If you can’t make it to the dock or a shelter in time, here’s a few tips:

  • If your boat has a cabin, head inside.
  • If it doesn’t, crouch as low as you can.
  • Avoid touching metal or electrical devices.
  • It’s better to wait it out rather than driving through it.

If there’s a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon, it’s best to postpone your day on the water! Always have the WAVY Weather App on hand to know what’s headed your way.

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