The Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services (ABMS) has issued a Small Craft Advisory for Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands with immediate effect.
Timing: Until Tuesday morning.
Fresh winds are causing 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 high, with the potential for extensive impacts; the threat level will fall to moderate
tonight 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 2.5 metres (5 to 8 feet), occasionally or locally reaching
near 3 metres (10 feet). Wind waves and or wind swells: 1.5 to 2.5 metres or 5 to 8 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.
Please continue to monitor these hazardous, life-threatening marine conditions. Stay tuned to
updates coming out of the Met Office via antiguamet.com, facebook.com/abmetservice and
Forecaster: Dale Destin