9th December 2017 – Warnings remain in effect for small craft operators and sea bathers against hazardous sea conditions.
Hazardous sea conditions will continue to affect the British Virgin Islands with wave heights between 2.1 to 2.8 meters or 7 to 9 feet. Breaking waves could be as high 10 to 14 feet. These large breaking waves will create dangerous surf conditions and frequent rip currents capable of carrying the strongest swimmers into open waters. Rip current conditions are expected to continue into late tonight. Minor beach erosion is possible during high tide.
As a precaution sea bathers and inexperienced surfers and swimmers should stay out of the water until these hazardous surf conditions subside. Persons on the beach should be vigilant for large breaking waves surging upon the shore which can carry people of all sizes into the ocean. You should avoid being near the shore line and stay off of rock formations.
If caught in a rip current, relax and float. Don`t swim against the current. If able, swim in a direction following the shoreline. If unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help.
Weather today: Today: mainly sunny with a slight chance of showers. Tonight: fair with a slight chance of brief passing showers.
Winds: East to east-northeast ranging between 22- 33 km/h or 12- 18 knots with higher gusts over open waters.
The Department of Disaster Management will continue to monitor the weather conditions and provide updates when necessary.
Please continue to monitor local media stations, DDM’s website at bviddm.com) and Facebook at BVIDDM for regular 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.