Coast Guard warns of rough coastal waters from Hurricane Sandy

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Hurricane Sandy is picking up steam in the Atlantic Ocean, and that could mean rough waters along Charleston's coast.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston is warning boaters and swimmers to avoid ocean waters until Hurricane Sandy passes.

According to a release from the Coast Guard, Hurricane Sandy could result in heavy seas, dangerous rip currents, pounding rain and strong winds right along the Charleston Coast. These conditions present an obvious danger to both swimmers and boaters.

The Coast Guard is also reminding boaters to secure their vessels as a precaution before severe weather arrives.

Forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said tropical storm conditions were possible along the southeast Florida coast, the Upper Keys and Florida Bay by Friday morning. A tropical storm watch also may be required for parts of east-central Florida later Wednesday morning, the center said.

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