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Met Office issues small craft and high surf advisors

March 6th, 2022

A small craft and high surf advisory remain in effect for Barbados for above normal easterly swell heights.

The small-craft advisory was issued as sustained winds of 20 to 25 knots and/or sea swells of 2.5 to 3.0 meters (8 to 10 feet) and/or reduced visibility (less than 10 km but greater than 5 km) are affecting or forecast to affect the marine area within the next 36 hours.

A high surf advisory is issued when breaking wave action poses or is forecast to pose a threat to life and property within the surf zone
during the next 36 hours.

A continuation of strong surface winds associated with a robust Atlantic high-pressure system has resulted in a deterioration of sea
swells within Barbados’ coastal and near-shore marine areas.

Moderate to rough easterly sea swells ranging from 2.0 to 3.0 meters (7 to 10 ft) in open water are expected today, Sunday 6th March
into Tuesday, 8th March 2022.

Key Messages:
All marine craft operators and beachgoers should note the following possibilities along the coast and nearshore of this zone, due to the imminent or already occurring marine threat:-
-Large open water swells can be hazardous to some vessels
-Operation of smaller vessels can be difficult at times due to large swells
-Marine users should stay close to shore, particularly if GPS is not in use on the vessel.

This alert message is valid from 6 am today, Sunday, March 6th 2022, and will be terminated at 6 pm Tuesday, March 8th 2022, or sooner if conditions warrant.

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