Marine warning for Barbados

A small craft and high surf warning is in effect for Barbados for above normal swell heights until 6 p.m. on Wednesday, or sooner if conditions warrant.

A small craft warning is issued when sustained winds of 25 to 33 knots and/or sea swells greater than 3 metres (greater than 10 feet) and/or reduced  visibility (less than 5 km) are affecting or forecast to affect the marine area within the next 36 hours.

A high surf warning is issued when breaking wave action results or is forecast to result in an especially heightened threat to life and property within the surf zone during the next 36 hours.

Seas will be rough in open water with swells ranging from 3.0 to 3.5 meters (10 to 11 ft), particularly along eastern coastlines.

All marine craft operators and beachgoers should exercise caution.

Meanwhile, the Barbados Meteorological Services issued the final bulletin on potential tropical cyclone #2 which was was centred near 10.1N 59.5W or about 345km (215 miles) south of Barbados around 5 p.m.

Throughout the afternoon, this system generated sharp moderate to heavy showers which produced rainfall accumulations near half an inch across parts of the island. Winds remained brisk, peaking at 30 knots (35mph) with wind gusts of up to 41kt (47mph) during heavy shower activity.

Conditions remain favourable for further slow development as the system continues to track westward at 23 mph across the southern Windwards and the southern Caribbean. Some occasional showers are expected to continue into tonight, and early tomorrow morning.

Winds will remain brisk, with more frequent gusts up to storm force at points throughout the night during shower events. Excess rainfall, severe thunderstorms and wind alerts remain elevated to yellow for tonight and into tomorrow.

Model data indicates that between one to three inches of rainfall is likely from tonight and as a result, a flash-flood watch or warning may be issued if the situation warrants. (PR/SAT)

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