Earl likely to cause high seas for boaters

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - As Hurricane Earl heads north in the Atlantic Ocean, boaters off the coast of South Carolina will have to watch out for high and rough seas.

A small craft advisory will likely be issued in the next few days as 14-foot seas are expected when Hurricane Earl approaches.

A hurricane watch was issued for parts of the North Carolina coast Tuesday afternoon. The watch is in effect for north of Surf City to Duck, N.C., including the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds.

The projected high seas will force many local charter boat captains to cancel charters because of insurance reasons.

The storm will likely play into Labor Day weekend plans for many across the East coast.

The coast guard is also urging the boating community and swimmers along the S.C. coast to keep a close eye on Earl's impact before heading out to sea.

Rough offshore weather is expected to begin Wednesday, which means dangerous rip tides, high surf and intense waves. Swimmers are urged to stay out of the water.

A hurricane's winds can cover an area hundreds of miles wide. The coast guard recommends all boaters, even recreational ones, file a float plan with a family member or friend.

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