NOAA, Coast Guard Urge Mariners to Prepare for Heavy Weather in Alaska

Coast Guard Cutter Mellon (WHEC 717) a 378 feet high endurance cutter patrols the waters of off Kodiak Alaska. (USCG/PA1 Keith Alholm)
Coast Guard Cutter Mellon (WHEC 717) a 378 feet high endurance cutter patrols the waters of off Kodiak Alaska. (USCG/PA1 Keith Alholm)

JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard urges mariners to use caution with the onset of heavy weather expected to affect the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea this weekend.

The Coast Guard has notified the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon, patrolling in the Bering Sea with an embarked Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, to standby to assist mariners.

"Our highest priority is protecting the safety of life at sea," said Capt. Diane Durham, chief of response, 17th District. "We are encouraging all mariners to monitor National Weather Service reports and take appropriate safety precautions, such as pulling into a safe harbor or taking shelter in the lee of an island, in order to safeguard their crews."

On Wednesday, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service forecasted that the storm will include hurricane force winds, 45-foot seas and possible coastal flooding in Western Alaska.

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