Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services Issues Small Craft Warning for Open Waters on the Atlantic Side of Montserrat later this afternoon for Above Normal Swell Heights!

Small Craft Operators on Montserrat should stay in or near port, seek safe harbour, alter course, and/or secure their vessels from severe conditions.

Locations to be affected: Especially open Atlantic waters.

Timing: until Wednesday night

Synopsis: Fresh to strong winds are causing a combination of wind waves and wind swells to reach hazardous levels, especially in open waters on the Atlantic sides of the islands. The threat
level to the life, livelihood, property and infrastructure of mariners is high, and there is the potential for extensive impacts. A small craft warning means that wind speeds of 41 km/h or
higher (22 knots or higher) and or wind waves and or wind swells of 2.7 metres (9 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): 2 to 3 metres (7 to 10 feet), occasionally or locally reaching near 3.8 metres (13 feet). Wind waves and or wind swells: 2 to 3 metres or 7 to 10 feet and occasionally higher. The worst conditions are likely Tuesday night and Wednesday when seas and winds are expected to be highest.

Potential impacts: Loss of life; injuries; capsize or damage or loss of vessels and marine equipment; sea search and rescue disruptions; cancellations to sea transportation; scarcity of seafood; cancellation of marine recreation and businesses and economic losses.

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