The U.S. Coast Guard issued a warning to mariners on Monday as Hurricane Jose continues its march northward.
The Coast Guard said it is stepping up its preparations ahead of the forecasted tropical storm conditions that are expected to arrive in New England late Tuesday into Wednesday. That includes flying the storm tracks and using marine radios to warn off-shore boaters of the approaching heavy weather and urging them to seek haven.
Strong winds and high seas are expected, which could pose life-threatening conditions for those out on the water.
"We understand the sea is a livelihood for many people - but this is one of those few times when we urge everyone, commercial and recreational boaters, to stay off the water," said Capt. Richard Schultz, commander of the Coast Guard's southeastern New England sector.
The Coast Guard also said all boaters living on the coast are urged to secure small watercraft - including canoes, kayaks and paddle boards - due to the expected high winds and storm surge.
If needed, the Coast Guard said it will have two cutters available for offshore response during the storm.