The Warnings for Small Craft Operators and Sea Bathers issued by the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Service last evening remain in effect as seas are expected to deteriorate across the Virgin Islands tonight (Tuesday January 10) into tomorrow (Wednesday January 11).
The Met Service says wave heights of 7 to 10 feet (2 to 3 metres) are possible along with high surfs and rip currents, specifically on the Northern Coasts of the Virgin Islands.
Due to these hazardous sea conditions it is expected that all beaches will be red flagged and closed before the end of today. This also applies to the North Shore of Anegada and the Bubbly Pool on Jost Van Dyke.
Red flags which mean danger and therefore no swimming, are now flying at Trunk Bay, Rogues Bay, Josiah’s Bay, Lambert Beach, Little Bay and the Baths.
Please note that 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, however the terrestrial trails are still open for hikers and sight-seers but persons in the Park must follow all instructions of the Trust Wardens on duty.
All commercial marine traffic going into Virgin Gorda Harbour may have to be transferred to the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour Marina due to the sea conditions.
Persons wishing to obtain more details about marine traffic entering the Virgin Gorda Harbours should contact BVI Ports Authority on telephone number 494-3435
The hazardous sea conditions are being generated by a frontal trough which is affecting the area and is also expected to increase the chances for cloudiness and showers today and tonight.
Small craft operators should refrain from venturing out from shore due to the sea conditions and persons should ensure that vessels are secured properly as rough seas could cause them to get loose and damage nearby property. Businesses and tourism properties that operate close to shore, especially on the northern coasts, should secure properties and closely monitor coastal activity for high surge from waves that could potentially cause serious damage.
The Department of Disaster Management and the Met Service 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.
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.