October 28th 2020:
Small craft advisory remains in effect for the British Virgin Islands…
Locations to be affected: Open waters, mainly on the Atlantic or eastern side of the islands.
Timing: Until Saturday for the British Virgin Islands
Synopsis: Fresh winds, associated with the tightening of the pressure gradient, are causing
hazardous seas, with the threat rising to high levels, at sea, with the potential of extensive
impacts from rough seas, resulting in life-threatening conditions, injury and damage to small craft
and equipment. 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 expected to produce hazardous wave conditions
to small crafts.
Winds: East at 22 to 37 km/h (12 to 20 knots; 14 to 23 mph), with strong gusts to around 59 km/h
(32 knots; 37 mph).
Seas (significant wave heights): 2 to 2.8 meters(6 to 9 feet), occasionally or locally reaching near
3.5 meters (near 12 feet). Dominant wind wave period is 6 to 9 seconds.
Potential Impacts: Loss of life at sea; injuries to mariners; 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.
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.