Small craft advisory is in effect for Antigua and Barbuda, the rest of the Leeward Islands and the British Virgin Islands valid until Thursday morning.
Hazardous seas, due to fresh winds, are expected to be a threat to life and property of mariners.
Winds: East-northeast at 22 to 37 km/h or 12 to 20 knots with frequent strong gusts peaking near 52 km/h
or 28 knots.
Waves/seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres or 5 to 8 feet, occasionally reaching 3 metres or 10 feet.
Locations (to be) affected: Open waters, mainly on the windward side of the islands.
Timing: Until Thursday morning.
Impacts (possible/likely/expected): Loss of life at sea; injuries to mariners; financial losses; disruption of fisheries and scarcity of fish products and disruption to marine transportation.
Precautionary/preparedness actions: A small craft advisory means that wind speeds of 21 to 33 knots and or seas (mainly wind waves) of 7 feet or greater are expected to produce hazardous wave conditions to small craft.
Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid navigating in these conditions.
Please continue to monitor.