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Small Craft and High Surf Warnings in effect

June 28, 2024

The public is being warned of the possibility of hazardous sea conditions, from the evening of Sunday, June 30.

The Barbados Meteorological Services says model guidance on the tropical wave of interest in the central Atlantic suggests swell heights will peak near 3 to 4 metres (10 to 13 feet) around the coastlines of Barbados, creating a very unsafe marine environment.

Therefore, Small Craft and High Surf Warnings have been issued.

A Small Craft Warning is issued when sustained winds of 25 to 33 knots and/or sea swells greater than 3 metres (greater than 10 feet) and/or reduced visibility (less than 5 km) are affecting or forecast to affect the marine area within the next 36 hours.

A High Surf Warning is issued when breaking wave action results or is forecast to result in an especially heightened threat to life and property within the surf zone during the next 36 hours.

The BMS says due to the nature of the system, large open water swells can be hazardous to some vessels and frequent overtopping of waves onto property and roads in very close proximity to the shoreline can be expected. Some beach erosion is also inevitable with these above average swell heights.

Marine users are encouraged to monitor official sources for further updates.

Additionally, advice and warnings provided by the National Conservation Commission and Barbados Fisheries Division should be followed.

The Small Craft and High Surf Warnings will be updated at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow or sooner if conditions warrant.

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