January 11, 20172155Views

Cane Garden Bay on Tortola and Savannah Bay on Virgin Gorda have been added to the list of closed beaches as a result of the rough sea conditions.

The closure of these beaches follow the previously announced closures of Smugglers Cove, Long Bay West End Tortola, Capoons Bay, Brewers Bay, Trunk Bay, Rogues Bay, Josiah’s Bay, Lambert Beach, Little Bay, the Baths, North Shore of Anegada and the Bubbly Pool on Jost Van Dyke.

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.

A yellow flag is currently flying at Long Bay (Beef Island).  This means persons should exercise caution and weak swimmers are not encouraged to enter the water.

Forecasters have indicated that seas up to 12 feet and winds of 20 knots occasionally up to 25 knots or slightly higher will remain possible across the regional waters.

Small craft advisories are in effect for all local waters. A High surf advisory and high rip current risk is in effect for the Virgin Islands.

Hazardous seas are forecast to continue for the rest of the week.

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

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

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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.