Small craft advisory goes into effect Wednesday for the British Virgin Islands.
Locations to be affected: Mainly open waters on the Atlantic or eastern sides of the islands.
Timing: Tonight until 8 am Thursday for the British Virgin Islands.
Synopsis: Fresh winds are expected to cause hazardous seas. The threat level to the life, livelihood, property and infrastructure of mariners is forecast to rise to moderate, and there is the potential for significant 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.
Winds over open waters: East-northeast at 22 to 37 km/h (12 to 20 knots; 14 to 23 mph), with strong gusts to around 57 km/h (31 knots; 36 mph).
Seas (significant wave heights): 2 to over 2.5 meters (6 to 9 feet), occasionally or locally reaching near 3.5 meters (over 11 feet).
Wind waves and or wind swells: 1.5 to 2 meters or 5 to 7 feet. Dominant wind wave period is 6 to 9 seconds.
Potential Impacts: Loss of life at sea; injuries to mariners; damage or loss of boats 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.
Please continue to monitor these hazardous, life-threatening marine conditions.
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.