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SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR THE VIRGIN ISLANDS

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR THE VIRGIN ISLANDS

July 10, 2023338Views

Small craft advisory means that wind speeds of 21 to 33 knots and or wind waves and or wind swells of 7 feet or greater are occurring or imminent. A warning may be required Monday night through Wednesday for some areas when winds are likely to be the highest.

Locations to be affected: Mainly, open waters on the Atlantic sides of the islands out to 20 nautical

miles.

Timing: Until Wednesday for the British Virgin Islands.

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Synopsis: Fresh to strong gusty winds are expected to result in a combination of wind waves and

wind swells causing hazardous seas, especially on the Atlantic sides of the islands. The threat level

to the life, livelihood, property and infrastructure of mariners is to rise to moderate to high with the

potential for significant to extensive impacts. A small craft advisory means that wind speeds of 21

to 33 knots and or wind waves and or wind swells of 7 feet or greater are occurring or imminent.

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Winds over open waters: East-northeast at 26 to 41 km/h (14 to 22 knots; 16 to 25 mph), with strong gusts to 63 km/h (34 knots; 39 mph).

 

Seas (significant wave heights): 1.8 to 2.7 metres (6 to 9 feet), occasionally or locally reaching near

3.5 metres (12 feet). Wind waves and or wind swells of 1.5 to 2.4 metres or 5 to 8 feet and occasionally higher. The dominant wind-wave period is 6 to 9 seconds. Seas could rise further on Tuesday night and trigger a warning.

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Potential Impacts: Loss of life at sea; injuries to mariners; capsize or damage or loss of vessels and

marine equipment; financial losses; disruption of fisheries and scarcity of fish products and disruption to marine transportation.

Caution: Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid navigating in these conditions.

 

Forecaster : Dale Destin

For more weather information, you can visit the Department of Disaster Management WeatherStem Station on the link provided. http://bvi.weatherstem.com/tortola

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