Wind gusts advisory on Friday, January 17, 2020

Dit item is gearchiveerd op 17-02-2020.

ORANJESTAD - The Meteorological Service has issued an advisory for high winds, starting Friday, January 17, 2020, at noon that will remain in effect until Monday, January 20, at 6:00 pm.

A warning for small boats on the open sea will remain in force until Tuesday, January 21, at 6.00 p.m., especially on the eastern and north-western part of the coast, as the strong wind will cause rough seas locally.


A high-pressure area in the Atlantic is again building. This causes a tighter air pressure gradient in the Caribbean during the weekend and the following days and will provide strong winds that can reach averages of 22 to 27 knots and at times can reach gale force in gusts, 35 to 40 knots (Beaufort 8) during the rain. This combined with rip currents and swell for the northeast produced by a cold front north of the Caribbean will keep the sea rough in the coming days in certain areas.

Precautionary measures

To the public, especially sea users, swimmers and the crew of small vessels, caution is recommended over the open sea, especially close to the coast, as the strong winds combined with tear currents and swell will cause fairly rough seas locally. Use extreme caution at the east to the northwest coast. Sea users and the crew of small vessels are requested to preferably avoid these coastal areas.

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