Severe Weather Advisory: High Surf Advisory and Small-Craft Warning are in effect for Barbados

severe weather(1)Strong surface winds of 25 to 30 knots (45 to 60 kmh) have been generating large easterly swells in the Atlantic. Buoys located just east of the Lesser Antilles have been reporting swells as high as 3.5m (10 to 12ft) during the last 24 hours and some these have been affecting mainly the north and east coasts of the island. A further deterioration in sea-conditions is expected around the coastal waters of Barbados during the week-end.

During the first half of next week northerly swells of up 4.5m (14/15ft) are expected to impact mainly the north, west and east coasts of the island.

Thus, a High Surf Advisory is in effect for large battering waves and dangerous rip currents and sea-bathers and other users of the sea are advised to stay out of the water.

The SMALL-CRAFT WARNING is in effect for above-normal sea-swells of up to 4.5m (14/15ft).

A Small-Craft Warning means that wind-speeds of 22 to 33 knots (25 to 38mph) and/or seas greater than 7ft are producing hazardous marine conditions.

This Advisory and Warning will be in effect until Tuesday 15th, December 2009 and may be extended if it becomes necessary.

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