Weather Buoys: Are they keeping you safe? Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Can weather buoys off Grand Strand beaches make it safer for tourists and residents alike, and help give more valuable information during a storm?

Tuesday, May 25, at 6 p.m., we'll look at a local power company's placement of buoys in the Atlantic Ocean for a wind study and whether they could provide a big safety benefit to people along the shore if money could be found to keep them active.

Proponents say the buoys provide vital information needed for charting dangerous waves, and if they disappear we would have to rely on data only coming from Charleston and Wilmington, leaving us at risk.

To get an idea of what these buoys do, take a look at NOAA's National Data Buoy Center.

WMBF Chief Meteorologist Rob Hatchell is interviewing the local fishing boat captain who's leading the charge to keep the buoys active. He says the Palmetto state should provide the funds for a project that is vital to the safety of those on our beaches and the boats in the water.

Rob is also talking with the National Weather Service about exactly how important the data these buoys collect is, and how important it could be with an approaching storm.

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