Beach Hazard Statement for Washington and Hancock Counties – Saturday August 20
There is a Beach Hazard Statement in effect today, Saturday, August 20th from 8 a.m. through this evening. Areas affected include all of Coastal Hancock and Washington Counties
The warmer air temperatures in the mid 80's may cause people to underestimate the dangers of the cold water temperatures which are currently only in the mid 50's.
Anyone on boats, or paddlecraft should use caution and be prepared for immersion and the cold water, according to the warning issued by the National Weather Service.
Beach Hazard Statements are issued on days when a significant number of boats and paddlecrafts are expected to be out on the water and when warm air temperatures may cause people to underestimate the dangers of the cold water. Paddle smart from the start. Always wear your life jacket. Be aware of wind conditions, tides and localized currents