According to the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services (ABMS), a Small Craft Advisory goes into effect Sunday for Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat and Anguilla.
Locations to be affected: Mainly open waters on the Atlantic or eastern sides of the islands.
Timing: Sunday until Friday for Antigua, Barbuda and Anguilla; Sunday until Thursday for St. Kitts and Nevis and Sunday for Montserrat.
Synopsis: Fresh winds are forecast to cause a combination of wind waves and wind swells to
reach hazardous levels, mainly in open waters. The threat level to the life, livelihood, property
and infrastructure of mariners is forecast to rise to moderate, with the potential for significant
impacts. 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 occurring or imminent.
Winds over open waters: East-northeast at 22 to 37 km/h (12 to 20 knots; 14 to 23 mph), with
strong gusts to around 57 km/h (31 knots; 36 mph).
Seas (significant wave heights): 1.5 to 2 metres (5 to 7 feet), occasionally or locally reaching near 2.7 metres (9 feet).
Wind waves and or wind swells: 1.5 to 2 metres or 5 to 7 feet and occasionally higher. Dominant wind wave period is 6 to 9 seconds.
Potential Impacts: Loss of life at sea; injuries to mariners; damage or loss of boats and marine
equipment; 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.
Forecaster: Dale Destin