Destin cautions residents as the country is remains under a high surf warning

For the second consecutive week Antigua and Barbuda is dealing with high surfs and, this time, has been placed under a high surf warning.

Last week Monday and Tuesday (January 30 and 31) the country was placed under a high surf advisory.

Forecaster Dale Destin says the high surf warning is in effect for Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands commencing Monday (February 6) until Tuesday (February 7).

Destin says that both Antigua and Barbuda will be impacted on Monday and Tuesday.


He says reefs and mainly exposed northern coastlines with relatively shallow, gentle to moderately sloping near-shore areas will be affected.

Destin says the moderate long-period swells are expected to reach the area and mainly impact northern coastlines.

These swells, he says, are expected to cause life threatening surfs and rip currents for affected coastlines. 

According to Destin, persons should not enter the waters of the main warning areas and they are also being encouraged to stay away from rocky and or coastal structures along affected coastlines.

A high surf warning means that dangerous battering surfs of over three metres or over 10 feet will affect some coastlines in the warning area, producing hazardous conditions.

Destin says that high tides combined with onshore wind and swell actions will result in coastal flooding and beach erosion. Fort James Beach has seen recent erosion due to certain weather conditions experienced in December last year.