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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 are in effect for Barbados from 3 p.m. today until 6 p.m. tomorrow.

This is due to Hurricane Irma, the large Category 5 hurricane packing winds of 185 mph (295km/h) which was centred near 16.9N 59.1W or about 200 miles to the north of Barbados at 2 p.m. today.

The Barbados Meteorological Services said the system has been generating large westerly to south-westerly swells which are propagating in an easterly direction.

Swells of 3.5 to 4.0 m (11 to 13 ft) are forecasted to affect the coastal waters around Barbados, particularly on the western, south-western and north-western sides of the island tonight and into tomorrow.

This activity, though short-lived, may become even more adverse at times of high tide.

Large battering waves and dangerous rip-currents can be expected and will create unsafe conditions for small-craft operators.

Sea-bathers and other users of the sea are also strongly advised to stay well away from the water.

A small -craft warning means in this case that seas equal to or greater than 3m (10ft) and mean wind-speeds of 25 to 33 knots (28 to 60 mph) will 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. (PR/NB)