A Small Craft Advisory goes into effect tonight for Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla and the British
Locations to be affected: Mainly open waters on the Atlantic or eastern sides of the islands.
Timing: Tonight until late Friday
Fresh winds are expected 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 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 at 25 to 39 km/h (13 to 20 knots; 15 to 24 mph), with strong gusts
to around 61 km/h (33 knots; 38 mph).
Seas (significant wave heights): 1.5 to over 2.5 metres (5 to over 8 feet), occasionally or locally
reaching near 3 metres (10 feet).
Wind waves and or wind swells: 1.5 to 2 metres or 5 to 7 feet and occasionally higher. The 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
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
twitter.com/abmetservice. Also, stay tuned to other media platforms for updates.
Forecaster: Dale Destin