- Associated Press - Friday, September 2, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The Coast Guard wants New England’s mariners to take precautions on the water during the holiday weekend because of a storm that could impact the region.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says Tropical Storm Hermine might impact southern New England on Sunday into Tuesday with heavy rains and strong winds. Swells might also produce rough surf and increase the risk of strong rip currents.

The Coast Guard says mariners should take precautionary steps including avoiding unnecessary trips to sea if storms are predicted. Mariners should also take standard precautions such as ensuring availability of life jackets and proper signaling and communications equipment.

The Coast Guard says swimmers and paddle boaters should be especially cautious of rip tides and should be sure to carry safety equipment.

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