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Hazardous Beach and Marine Conditions Continue in USVI, National Weather Service Warns

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Despite the recent subsidence of the northerly swell affecting regional waters, the National Weather Service in Puerto Rico (NWS) has warned beachgoers and small craft operators in the USVI that marine conditions remain hazardous.

In a briefing issued on Sunday night, the NWS reported that choppy seas and dangerous marine and coastal conditions would persist through Monday. A high rip current risk exists across the U.S. Virgin Islands, with breaking waves ranging from 6 to 10 feet, causing unsafe swimming and surfing conditions. The NWS cautions that rip currents can sweep even the most skilled swimmers from the shore into deeper waters.

Offshore, the NWS indicates seas up to 7 feet and occasionally reaching 8 feet, creating hazardous conditions for small crafts. Advisories have been issued for small vessels in nearshore and offshore Atlantic waters, as well as those navigating the Anegada Passage.

Following Sunday’s briefing, the NWS announced that it would no longer provide updates on this swell event.

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