The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) wishes to advise all coastal residents, sea bathers and fisher folks to be extremely vigilant and exercise caution as seas are expected to become increasingly rough as the afternoon progresses with waves peaking up to 11ft tonight and could cause
life threatening surf and rip currents.
According to information received from the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Meteorological Services, northerly swells are expected to impact the eastern and western coastlines of St. Vincent and the Grenadines later today (peaking tonight) and continuing on Sunday.
Wave heights on the western coasts could peak near 2.0 m while on the eastern coasts, near 3.0 m.
These large waves and dangerous rip-tides can create unsafe conditions for small-craft operators, and these conditions may become even more adverse at times of high tide.
The High-Surf Advisory and Small-Craft Warning issued for St. Vincent and the Grenadines remains in effect until 6:00 am on Monday 1st October, 2018.
The National Emergency Management Organisation wishes to advise residents living in the following coastal areas to avoid using the sea, to be extremely vigilant and ready to evacuate to higher ground at short notice if it becomes necessary:
Fancy, Owia, Sandy Bay, Langley Park, Georgetown, Grand Sable, Mt. Young, Byera, Gorse, Colonaire, Mt. Greenan, San Souci, Biabou, Rawacou, Salt Pond, Calliaqua, Villa, Arnos Vale, Sion Hill Bay, Rose Place, Ottley Hall, Lowmans Bay, Questelles, Buccament, Layou, Barrouallie, Cumberland, Rose Bank, Petit Bordel, Chateaubelair, Fitz-Hughes, Richmond, Union Island, Bequia, Canouan and Mayreau.
Sea bathers and small craft operators are also advised to avoid using the sea.
All fisher folks are asked to secure vessels, engines and equipment as surf may go well beyond the high-tide watermark.
All coastal residents are also asked to take all the necessary precaution to save life and secure livelihood.
High surf and pounding waves have already been reported on the east coast of St. Vincent.
The National Emergency Management Organisation will continue to provide update from the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Meteorological Services.