Four additional beaches have been closed as a result of the hazardous sea conditions.
Red flags, which mean danger and therefore no swimming, are now flying at Smugglers Cove, Long Bay West End Tortola, Capoons Bay and Brewers Bay.
This follows the earlier announced closures of Trunk Bay, Rogues Bay, Josiah’s Bay, Lambert Beach, Little Bay, the Baths, North Shore of Anegada and the Bubbly Pool on Jost Van Dyke.
All beaches under the management of the National Parks Trust are closed to bathers, swimmers, snorkelers and paddle boarders until further notice. The Mooring field is also closed; therefore no access to the beaches is permitted.
The sea conditions are as a result of a weakening frontal trough and surface high pressure ridge.
The Antigua and Barbuda Met Office said the instability associated with a weakening frontal trough will move over the BVI and Leeward Islands overnight and into tomorrow and this will generate shallow clouds with light showers. Later tomorrow, a surface high pressure ridge will cause a moderate to fresh wind flow to return over the islands and this will cause seas to further deteriorate.
The Met Service has indicated that seas will build and will become rough with heights of 2.4m or 8ft in the waters of the BVI tomorrow. Warnings are likely to continue into tomorrow.
The Department of Disaster Management is strongly advising all to adhere to these warnings and adjust your activities accordingly.
The DDM will continue to monitor these conditions and provide updates.
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Disclaimer: The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) is not an official Meteorological Office. The Information disseminated by the Department is gathered from a number of professional sources used or contracted by the DDM to provide such information. This information is to be used as a guide by anyone who has interest in local weather conditions. By no means can the DDM or the BVI Government be held accountable by anyone who uses this information appropriately for legal evidence or in justification of any decision which may result in the loss of finances, property or life.