Marine advisories extended

The small craft warning for Barbados has been extended until 6 a.m. Saturday, while the high surf advisory remains in effect until the same time.

The centre of Hurricane Tammy is currently passing north of Barbados and swells of over 3.0 m have already been observed southeast of the island. These conditions are expected to continue into tonight and as a result, the small craft warning has been extended until 6 a.m. Saturday.

Maximum swell heights are expected to peak at 3.5m in open water.

Large open water swells can be hazardous to some vessels and operation of smaller vessels can be difficult at times due to large swells.

A small craft warning is issued when sustained winds of 25 to 33 knots and/or sea swells greater than 3 meters (greater than 10 feet) are affecting or forecast to affect the marine area within the next 48 hours.

A high surf advisory is issued when breaking wave action poses a threat to life and property within the surf zone within the next 48 hours.

The public is urged to continue to monitor the progress of this system through updates issued by the Barbados Meteorological Services and follow the guidance and recommendations provided by the Department of Emergency Management. (PR/SAT)