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High surf advisory and small-craft warning in effect


High surf advisory and small-craft warning in effect

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A HIGH-SURF ADVISORY and small-craft warning will be in effect for Barbados from 6 p.m. today until the same time tomorrow.

According to the Barbados Meteorological Services, large waves and dangerous rip-currents can be expected mainly along the west, north, and east coasts of Barbados.

This will create unsafe conditions for small-craft operators, while sea-bathers and other users of the sea are also advised to stay out of the water.

This is the result of a low pressure system anchored in the north-central Atlantic which has been generating large northerly swells of 3.0 to 4.0 metres (10 to 13 feet), propagating southwards into the Lesser Antilles.

These conditions are expected to persist for at least another 24 hours and may become even more acute at high tide.

A small-craft warning in this case means wind-speeds of 25 to 33 knots (47 to 62 km/h) and/or seas equal to or greater than 3m (10ft) will be affecting the marine area.

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