The Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services (ABMS) has issued a Small Craft Warning which is in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands.
Locations to be affected: Especially open Atlantic waters.
Timing: Until late this afternoon for Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands, and until Friday for
Antigua and Barbuda.
Synopsis: Fresh to strong winds are causing a combination of wind waves and wind swells to reach hazardous levels, especially in open waters on the Atlantic sides of the islands. The threat level to the life, livelihood, property and infrastructure of mariners is high, and there is the potential for extensive impacts.
A small craft warning means that wind speeds of 41 km/h or higher (22 knots or higher) and or wind waves and or wind swells of 2.7 metres (9 feet) or greater are occurring or expected.
Winds over open waters: East-northeast at 26 to 41 km/h (14 to 22 knots; 16 to 25 mph), with strong gusts to around 63 km/h (34 knots; 39 mph).
Seas (significant wave heights): 2 to 3 metres (7 to 10 feet), occasionally or locally reaching 4 metres (13 feet). Wind waves and or wind swells: 2 to 3 metres or 7 to 10 feet and occasionally higher. Dominant wind wave period is 6 to 9 seconds.
Potential impacts: Loss of life; injuries; capsize or damage or loss of vessels and marine equipment; sea search and rescue disruptions; cancellations to sea transportation; scarcity of seafood; cancellation to marine recreation and businesses and economic losses.
Caution: Small craft operators should stay in or near port, seek safe harbour, alter course, and/or secure their vessels from severe 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
Forecaster: Dale Destin