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HIGH WIND ADVISORY AND SMALL CRAFT WARNING FOR ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

A strengthening Atlantic High-Pressure System is expected to generate strong surface winds and above normal north-easterly swells across Saint Vincent and the Grenadines into late Sunday. During this time period, strong winds with speeds of 25 to 33 knots (47 to 61 km/h) with higher gusts, and rough seas with swells peaking to 3.0 meters (10 feet) are anticipated.

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As a result, a High-Wind Advisory and Small-craft Warning will be in effect for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and its coastal waters from today 6:00 p.m., Thursday, 31″ December, 2020 until 6:00 pm Sunday 3″ January, 2021.

A High-Wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds of 25 to 33 knots (47 to 61km/h), not associated with a tropical cyclone, are forecast to affect the land area. Residents are strongly urged to be vigilant against falling trees limbs, loose outdoor objects and disconnected over-head wires. Residents are also advised to check roofs for loose sheeting/nails and do the necessary repairs.

A Small-Craft Warning in this case means that seas equal to or greater than 3.0 meters (10fect) and/or mean wind-speeds of 25 to 33 knots (47 to 61km/h) will affect the marine area. Large waves and dangerous rip-currents will create unsafe conditions for small-craft operators, particularly on the northern and eastern coastlines.

These conditions may become even more adverse at times of high tide. Therefore, small-craft operators should exercise extreme caution, possibly securing their vessels by this evening. Sea-bathers are also advised to stay out of the water.

High-tide times are expected near 6:36 am Friday: 7.21 am and 11:37 pm Saturday: 8:09 am and 11:10 pm Sunday

This high wind advisory and small craft warning may be extended if conditions warrant.

Issued at 2:00 pm, Thursday 31″ December, 2020

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