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High surf advisory and small craft warning issued


NATASHA BECKLES, [email protected]

High surf advisory and small craft warning issued

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SEA-BATHERS AND SMALL craft operators are being advised to stay out of the water on the north, north-east and east coasts of Barbados over the next few days.

This comes as the Barbados Meteorological Services issued a high surf advisory and small craft warning for Barbados at 12:30 p.m. today.

It will be in effect from 6 p.m. on Saturday December 17 until 6 p.m. on Wednesday December 21.

Acting director of the BMS Sonia Nurse said large waves and dangerous rip-currents can be expected mainly along the north, north-east and east coasts of Barbados.

Nurse explained that  a strong high pressure system centred over the north- Atlantic is expected to generate surface winds of 25 to 30 knots (28 to 35 mph) and easterly sea- swells of 3.0 to 3.5 metres (10 to 13 feet) starting late Saturday and continuing for the next several days.

It will affect Barbados and islands of the Eastern Caribbean.

A small-craft warning means that winds-speeds of 25 to 30 knots (28 to 35mph) and/or seas greater than 3m (10ft) are forecast to affect the marine area.

 A high-surf advisory is issued when breaking wave action poses a threat to life and property within the surf zone.

This and other related information may be obtained from www.barbadosweather.org or by dialling 976-2376. (NB)

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