Marine Weather Alerts Extended as a Powerful Swell Impacts the Local Waters

The National Weather Service (NWS) in San Juan, PR, has extended marine weather alerts for portions of Puerto Rico and the USVI.

“Hazardous coastal conditions will persist from the north and east coast of St Thomas, St John, and St Croix, northern Vieques, Rincón, Aguada, the Atlantic Coastline of Puerto Rico, and Culebra. These areas can expect coastal flooding and erosion due to dangerous breaking waves,” according to an update from the NWS on Friday afternoon. 

“This swell could suddenly produce larger breaking waves along the U.S. Virgin Islands, Culebra, Aguada, and Rincón. Breaking waves are expected to reach 15 to 20 feet, and beach erosion is possible,” the NWS update explains. 

Waves crash along the rocks at Dorothea Beach on St. Thomas, USVI, on Dec. 9. Hazardous marine conditions will persist into next week. (Photo by Jesse Daley)

Currently, a “Coastal Flood Warning” and a “High Surf Warning” are in effect until at least 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Additionally, a “High Rip Current Risk,” a “Small Craft Advisory,” and a “High Surf Advisory” are in effect through next week.  

Individuals in and around the water are advised to remain vigilant. Weather updates will be posted on the Source Weather Page as they become available.