According to a Small Craft Caution issued by the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services on Sunday evening, inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid navigating in these conditions.
The Disaster Management Coordination Agency, DMCA is also urging fisherfolks to be vigilant and boat owners are advised to check their moorings.
Locations to be affected: Mainly open waters on the Atlantic sides of the islands out to 20 nautical miles.
Timing: Until Friday
Synopsis: A combination of wind waves and wind swells is causing hazardous seas, especially for open waters on the Atlantic sides of the islands. The threat level to the life, livelihood, property
and infrastructure of mariners is high with the potential for extensive impacts.
A small craft advisory means that wind speeds of 21 to 33 knots and or wind waves and or wind swells of 7 feet or greater are occurring or imminent.
Winds over open waters: East at 26 to 41 km/h (14 to 22 knots; 16 to 25 mph), with strong gusts to around 63 km/h (34 knots; 39 mph).
Seas (significant wave heights): 1.8 to 3 metres (6 to 10 feet), occasionally or locally reaching near 3.8 metres (13 feet). Wind waves and or wind swells: 1.8 to 3 metres or 6 to 10 feet and occasionally higher. The worst conditions are likely Monday through Thursday, when seas and winds are expected to be highest. The dominant wind wave period is 6 to 9 seconds.
Potential Impacts: Loss of life at sea; injuries to mariners; capsize or damage or loss of vessels and marine equipment; financial losses; disruption of fisheries and scarcity of fish products and disruption to marine transportation.
Forecaster: Dale Destin