Residents Warned Of Rough Seas

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The Met Office says a high surf advisory remains in effect for Antigua and Barbuda, the rest of the Leeward Islands and the British Virgin Islands until Tuesday.

It said the roughs seas are caused by low, northeast swells, from Hurricane Oscar, reaching the islands.

These swells are expected to cause dangerous breaking waves (surfs) and life-threatening rip currents,” according to forecaster Dale Destin.

Seas: 1.5 to 2 metres or 5 to 7 feet and occasionally reaching exceeding 2.5 metres or reaching 9 feet. Northeast swells of near 1 to 2 metres or 4 to 6 feet and occasionally reaching 2.5 metres or 8 feet. Surfs: Breaking swells or surfs of over 2 metres or over 6 feet are expected.

Destin warns that these conditions will be conducive for dangerous rip currents.

“Please note that surfs could be as much as twice the height of swells. Coastal flooding: High tides combine with onshore wind and swell actions will result in localized coastal flooding and beach erosion. Locations (to be) affected: Mainly exposed and shallow northern and eastern facing beaches and coastlines,” Destin warns.

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