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SMALL CRAFT WARNING IN EFFECT FOR THE BVI

SMALL CRAFT WARNING IN EFFECT FOR THE BVI

March 1, 2021108Views

Small craft warning in effect for the British Virgin Islands…

locations to be affected: Especially open Atlantic waters.

Timing: Until 8 pm Monday for British Virgin Islands

Synopsis: Fresh winds, due to a modestly tight pressure gradient, are causing hazardous seas. The threat level to the life, livelihood, property and infrastructure of mariners is high, and there is the potential for extensive impacts.

A small craft warning means that wind speeds of 41 km/h or higher (22 knots or higher) and or wind waves and or wind swells of 9 feet or greater are occurring or expected.

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

Seas (significant wave heights): 2 to 3 meters (7 to 10 feet), occasionally or locally reaching 4 meters (over 13 feet).

Wind waves: 2 to near 3 meters or 6 to over 9 feet. Dominant wind wave period is 6 to 9 seconds.

Potential impacts: Loss of life; injuries; damage or loss of boats and fishing equipment; sea search and rescue disruptions; cancellations to sea transportation; scarcity of sea food; cancellation to marine recreation and businesses and economic losses.

Caution: Small craft operators should stay in or near port. Please continue to monitor these hazardous, life-threatening marine conditions.

Forecaster: Dale Destin