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SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY ISSUED FOR THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY ISSUED FOR THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

January 23, 2019502Views

The Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Service has issued a small craft advisory for the British Virgin Islands.

Hazardous seas, due to fresh winds, are expected to be a threat to life and property of mariners.

Winds: East-northeast at 26 to 41 km/h (14 to 22 knots) with strong gusts reaching around 52 km/h or 28 knots, mainly over open waters and the more northerly islands.

Seas (significant wave heights): 2 to 3 metres (6 to 10 feet), occasionally are exceeding 3.5 metres (12 feet).

Locations (to be) affected: Open waters, mainly on the windward side of the islands.

Timing: Until Friday.

Impacts (possible/likely/expected): Loss of life at sea; injuries to mariners; financial losses; disruption of fisheries and scarcity of fish products and disruption to marine transportation.

Precautionary/preparedness actions: A small craft advisory means that wind speeds of 21 to 33 knots and or seas (mainly wind waves) of 7 feet or greater are expected to produce hazardous wave conditions to small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid navigating in these conditions.

Please continue to monitor.

Forecaster: Dale Destin