Highly dangerous marine conditions are expected to be at its worse today, and have already caused disruptions to at least one local ferry service.
Virgin Gorda Ferry Transport, otherwise known as Speedy’s, has cancelled all its operations today, March 5.
“We cannot get the boats out of the marina. We have to cancel our entire schedule today. We are very sorry about that but the conditions are too dangerous! Please be safe! We will keep you posted with updates,” the ferry company announced this morning.
According to the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), dangerous marine conditions are expected to continue with seas rising up to 15 feet or more with breaking waves of 25 feet.
The DDM said the highest seas are expected to continue impacting the territory today with swell conditions continuing into the latter part of this week.
A coastal flood advisory has therefore been issued for the BVI.
The advisory warns about minor coastal flooding of the most vulnerable shore roads ‘due to the height of storm tide or wave splash over’.
“Impacts possible/likely: Loss of life – strong currents that can carry even the strongest swimmers out to sea; injuries to beachgoers; beach erosion; sea water splashing onto low lying coastal roads; beach closures; localized disruptions to marine recreation and businesses; financial losses; damage to coral reefs and disruptions to potable water from desalination. High surfs can knock spectators off exposed rocks and jetties. Breaking waves may occasionally impact harbours making navigating the harbour channel dangerous,” the DDM said.
“Beachgoers should avoid the waters, mainly on the northern sides of the islands. A coastal flood advisory is issued for minor coastal flooding of the most vulnerable shore roads due to the height of storm tide or wave splash over,” it added.
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