High Surf Advisory, Small Craft Warning in effect for Barbados
Created : 5 September 2017
A High Surf Advisory and Small-Craft Warning are in effect for Barbados from 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 5 to Wednesday September 6, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
In a 3 p.m. bulletin, the Barbados Meteorological Services (BMS) said this is due to the effects of Hurricane Irma.
Irma is a large Category 5 hurricane packing winds of 185 mph (295km/h) which was centered near 16. 9N 59.1W or about 200 miles to the north of Barbados at 2:00 p.m. today.
This system has been generating large westerly to south-westerly swells which are propagating in an easterly direction.
Swells of 3.5 to 4.0 metres (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.
This Advisory and Warning will be in effect until 6:00 p.m on Wednesday September 6, 2017.
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