I came across this warning today of a Tropical Storm (Hermine) that is anticipated to hit Florida
soon and expected it may reach Hurricane
force winds before making landfall.
The key points is the anticipation of not only high winds, but also heavy rainfall of up to 10 inches of rain, which can cause widespread flooding, possibly all the way up to the Carolinas and along the Eastern Seaboard.
Why is that an issue?
Because it could sink some boats, according to the BoatUS article.
"It Doesn’t Take a Hurricane
to Sink a Boat
BoatUS: Tips for Preparing for Tropical Depression Nine
As Tropical Depression Nine begins its abrupt change in course that will steer the storm ashore late Thursday, boaters in the Big Bend region of Florida
may be thinking they dodged the bullet. However, Boat
Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) says TD Nine, expected to grow into tropical storm status today, will bring heavy rains across much of the state. The National Hurricane Center forecasts up to 10 inches for the Cross City, Florida, area, and up to five inches is expected to fall as far north as Savannah, Georgia
– more than enough to sink a boat that is not prepared for the torrential downpour.
Magazine Editor Charles Fort says, “Boat cockpit deck
drains are often woefully inadequate and a deluge can fill the cockpit
and sink the boat. If the cockpit is not watertight, a bilge pump
and battery’s ability to handle rain accumulation won’t last long. Deck
drains and pump discharges located near the waterline can also backflow when waves and rain put drains underwater.”
For boats kept in the water
, Fort recommends a good fitting cover, or at least ensuring rain can easily drain off the boat, including clearing any deck scuppers or drains of leaves. Batteries should be charged and the boat made as watertight as possible. Removing windage such as sails
tops and deck furniture is also a good idea as winds are forecasted to increase."