- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 11, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - One of the weather buoys that monitor conditions off Florida’s shores broke free of its mooring, and three others stopped transmitting data during Hurricane Matthew.

Officials who maintain the weather buoys said Monday that a Fort Pierce buoy broke free of its mooring located about 7 miles offshore after facing a wave more than 25 feet.

The buoy, which is funded by the Army Corps of Engineers, is now drifting off the coast of Florida.

The weather buoys measure wind conditions, barometric and water temperature. Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography say they can still track the wayward buoy’s location and hope to recover it.

The weather buoys provide important information to sailors about navigational conditions, and they update scientists about the environment off the coasts.

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