WILMINGTON, NC (WVEC) -- The Coast Guard is urging mariners and members of the maritime community across North Carolina to prepare for Hurricane Matthew as "Condition X-Ray" is set for North Carolina Waterways.

Winds are expected to reach 39 mph and above within the next 48 hours. Pleasure crafts are advised to seek shelter.

Those who are leaving their boats in the water are reminded to secure the life rings, emergency beacons, life jackets and small boats. If not secured properly, these items can break free and divert valuable search and rescue resources, which could preclude them from assisting people who may be in actual distress.

A vessel remaining in port checklist may be obtained via the internet at https://homeport.uscg.mil.

Visit www.nhc.noaa.gov for more information on Hurricane Matthew and its projected path.