January 14, 20172379Views

A Special Marine Statement is in effect for the British Virgin Islands for the Period Friday, 13 January to Monday, 16 January 2017.
High surf, sea bather and small craft warnings remain in effect as waves are forecast to increase up to 12 feet mainly on the northern and eastern facing beaches.

High tides combine with onshore winds and swell action will result in coastal flooding and beach erosion, mainly around high tides.

Consequently, there is a high risk of rip currents, high surfs and high risk of coastal flooding through Monday.

The possible impacts include, strong currents that can carry even the strongest swimmers out to sea; beach erosion and sea water flowing over low lying road ways near the coast. High surfs can also knock spectators off of exposed rocks and jetties.

A high surf warning means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing beach erosion and dangerous swimming conditions.

Meanwhile, the beach closures which were implemented this week due to rough sea conditions remain in effect until further notice.

Closed beaches include Long Bay on Beef Island, Smugglers Cove, Long Bay West End Tortola, Capoons Bay, Brewers Bay, Trunk Bay, Rogues Bay, Josiah’s Bay, Lambert Beach, Little Bay, the Baths, Cane Garden Bay, North Shore of Anegada, the Bubbly Pool on Jost Van Dyke and Savannah Bay on Virgin Gorda.

All beaches under the management of the National Parks Trust are also closed to bathers, swimmers, snorkelers and paddle boarders until further notice. The Mooring field is also closed, therefore no access to the beaches is permitted.

The Department of Disaster Management is again strongly advising the public to adhere to these warnings and adjust your activities accordingly.

The DDM will continue to monitor these conditions and provide updates.