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Extreme Winds and Hazardous Seas expected in the Caribbean into the New Year

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) – Extreme wind and life threatening hazardous seas are expected from today ( December 31) until Monday, January 04, 2021.

A weather warning is in effect for the Bahamas in the north, the Leeward and Windward Islands, to Trinidad and Tobago in the south.

Thursday, WINN spoke with a crew member of the MV Next Edition, a small ferry service between St. Kitts and Nevis.

“The water at the pier is actually really good, and when we get into the channel, then is where things start to get extreme with big waves in the channel,” he said.

“Based on the weather report, persons started staying away [from the sea]. So the traffic is kind of slow, ” he said when asked about travel between the islands.

According to the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services, “conditions will feel like a tropical storm but it isn’t.”

“The entire Caribbean will be impacted at different times. Winds 31 miles per hour and gale force winds of up to 48 miles per hour and more will cause down power lines and trees on many islands across the Caribbean.”

Beachgoers are asked to avoid swimming as breaking waves will cause very dangerous conditions.

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