by Shirlian Queeley
A major swell event is forecast to impact much of the Atlantic Basin this week, including Montserrat, Antigua and Barbuda and the rest of the Caribbean, washed by the Atlantic.
That’s according to Dale Destin, Meteorologist/Climatologist for the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Service Climate Section.
The swells are expected to cause high surfs and powerful rip currents, which will be a severe threat to life and property, mainly in the surf zone. There is also the increased likelihood of damage due to flooding of some low-lying coastal areas.
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Swells reaching the region are expected to rise to near 3 metres (10 ft) and occasionally exceeding 3.5 metres (12 ft), coming out of the northeast. These swells will result in dangerous surfs for beachgoers; hence, advisories and or warnings will be required. Some meteorological services have already issued marine alerts on the event.

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