Long Bay on Beef Island has been red flagged and therefore closed as a result of the ongoing hazardous sea conditions affecting the Territory.
This follows the previously announced closures of Smugglers Cove, Long Bay West End Tortola, Capoons Bay, Brewers Bay, Trunk Bay, Rogues Bay, Josiah’s Bay, Lambert Beach, Little Bay, the Baths, Cane Garden Bay, North Shore of Anegada, the Bubbly Pool on Jost Van Dyke and Savannah Bay on Virgin Gorda.
All beaches under the management of the National Parks Trust are also 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 beach closures are as a result of a huge low pressure system which is pushing large dangerous swells into the region.
The Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Service has therefore issued warnings for sea bathers and small craft operators as swells are expected to reach 3.0 metres of 10 feet.
A cold front associated with the low pressure system is also affecting the area and will likely keep the atmosphere unsettled tonight. Possible rainfall total for the next 24 hours is 0 to 1 millimetres (0 to 0.04 inches).
Weather conditions tonight are forecasted to be partly cloudy with a moderate or 30% chance of showers before midnight. Partly sunny conditions are expected tomorrow (Thursday January 12) with a 20 percent or slight chance of showers.
The Department of Disaster Management continues to advise 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.