PORT HURON, Mich. — Winds have slowed down the Port Huron Float Down along the St. Clair River, and a U.S. Coast Guard officer says some participants might not be able to complete it.

U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jodie Knox says winds out of the south caused people to float a lot slower than anticipated. Knox says the shipping channel was due to reopen at 8 p.m., likely leaving some participants short of completing the 7½-mile (12-kilometer) course.

It’s the second straight year winds impacted the event. Strong winds in 2016 blew about 1,500 people toward Canada, where authorities ended up busing many of them back to the U.S.

Earlier, a joint letter from the U.S. and Canadian coast guards advised people not to participate in the float because of the risks involved.

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