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Thread: Wind/Wave Warnings Thru Tuesday 1/14/2020

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    KevinS is online now
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    Wind/Wave Warnings Thru Tuesday 1/14/2020

    Météo France has posted a warning for winds and coastal waves through Tuesday 14 January. This may impact both flights and ferries.

    Translation mostly by Google:

    Wind strength expected from next night: 40 to 50 km / h on average, with gusts frequently reaching 70 km / h, and sometimes exceeding 90 km / h when passing showers. The wind is still getting stronger tomorrow Saturday, sometimes approaching 60 km / h on average with gusts up to 100 km / h.

    State of the sea expected from next night: heavy and chopped sea in a swell of trade winds from 3m to 3m50, widening between 4m and 4m50 tomorrow Saturday.

    This sea should generate a lot of agitation on the shores exposed to the east-northeast wind. The moorings of the boats are very busy, navigation is very difficult for small and medium-sized boats and swimming is dangerous. These wind and sea conditions will persist for several days, at least until Tuesday. From Sunday, the surges on the beaches should be more consistent, due to the arrival of a swell from north to northeast adding to the swell of the trade wind blown by the wind.



    The entire bulletin (in French) can be found at http://www.meteofrance.gp/integratio..._iles_nord.pdf

    The info at the above link may give you a later update than the one that I copied from. At this time, the bulletin has a timestamp of 1/10/2020, 06:12 Local.

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    phil62 is online now
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    Re: Wind/Wave Warnings Thru Tuesday 1/14/2020

    I can confirm that the wind has been picking up all day, and at times is quite strong. We haven't been in Gustavia today, but normally, with this kind of wind and swell, boats are not allowed to tie up at the quay and have to anchor out in the harbor. Also, we have not heard very many planes flying over, but we're not really on the flight path unless they are landing over the beach.

    Phil

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    KevinS is online now
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    Re: Wind/Wave Warnings Thru Tuesday 1/14/2020

    Voyager was offline this morning due to "technical issues". I haven't seen an update since. (590) 590 871068

    Great Bay Express out of Phillipsburg (+1 721-542-0032) has posted modified travel times for today and for the next few days:

    DUE TO THE WEATHER:
    We have amended our schedule for the coming days...the new ferry times are as follows:
    Friday Jan 10th
    Departing St. Maarten 07:15
    Departing St. Barths 08:15
    Departing St. Maarten 16:30
    Departing St. Barths 17:30
    Saturday Jan 11th
    Departing St. Maarten 10:00
    Departing St. Barths 11:00
    Departing St. Maarten 16:30
    Departing St. Barths 17:30
    Sunday Jan 12th
    Departing St. Maarten 10:00
    Departing St. Barths 11:00
    Departing St. Maarten 16:30
    Departing St. Barths 17:30
    Monday Jan 13th
    Departing St. Maarten 07:15
    Departing St. Barths 08:15
    Departing St. Maarten 16:30
    Departing St. Barths 17:30

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    KevinS is online now
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    Re: Wind/Wave Warnings Thru Tuesday 1/14/2020

    Voyager 3 was offline due to a damaged starboard propeller. The propeller has been replaced, and she is back in the water. If sea trials are successful then she will make tonight's ferry run.

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    Re: Wind/Wave Warnings Thru Tuesday 1/14/2020

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinS View Post
    Voyager 3 was offline due to a damaged starboard propeller. The propeller has been replaced, and she is back in the water. If sea trials are successful then she will make tonight's ferry run.
    There isn’t enough money in the world for me to get on that ferry in this wind!!! Blowing 25-30 on St. Jean. Flamands unswimmable today.

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    Re: Wind/Wave Warnings Thru Tuesday 1/14/2020

    Just thinking about the ferries in those seas makes us seasick.

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    Re: Wind/Wave Warnings Thru Tuesday 1/14/2020

    White caps all across to St Kitts...big winds too.
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    KevinS is online now
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    Re: Wind/Wave Warnings Thru Tuesday 1/14/2020

    It's windy, but flights are operating, and Voyager 3 is en route from SBH back to SXM.

    This morning's update from Météo France, translation by Google:

    Wind force: Today Saturday east wind northeast 40 to 50 km / h on average, with gusts reaching 80-100 km / h, punctually 100-110 km / h when the showers pass. On Monday, the wind maintains an average sustained speed of 40-45 km / h accompanied by gusts in showers of the order of 80 to 100 km / h. Tuesday, the average wind softens slightly 35-40 km / h.

    State of the sea: Today heavy to very heavy sea, 4m to 4m50. This sea is lifted and chopped by the sea of ​​the wind crossing a swell from North North-East from this afternoon or end of the day. Maximum waves of the order of 7 to 8 meters. This sea state should generate a lot of agitation, especially on the shores exposed to the northeast wind but not exclusively. The moorings of boats are very busy. Navigation remains difficult for small and medium-sized boats, swimming is always dangerous. Tomorrow, these dangerous conditions know little change. Monday, very slight damping, heavy to very heavy sea with average troughs of 4 meters, swell from North- Tuesday, 3m50 on average, swell from East North-East to North-East.

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    Re: Wind/Wave Warnings Thru Tuesday 1/14/2020

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinS View Post
    Météo France has posted a warning for winds and coastal waves through Tuesday 14 January. This may impact both flights and ferries.

    Translation mostly by Google:

    Wind strength expected from next night: 40 to 50 km / h on average, with gusts frequently reaching 70 km / h, and sometimes exceeding 90 km / h when passing showers. The wind is still getting stronger tomorrow Saturday, sometimes approaching 60 km / h on average with gusts up to 100 km / h.

    State of the sea expected from next night: heavy and chopped sea in a swell of trade winds from 3m to 3m50, widening between 4m and 4m50 tomorrow Saturday.

    This sea should generate a lot of agitation on the shores exposed to the east-northeast wind. The moorings of the boats are very busy, navigation is very difficult for small and medium-sized boats and swimming is dangerous. These wind and sea conditions will persist for several days, at least until Tuesday. From Sunday, the surges on the beaches should be more consistent, due to the arrival of a swell from north to northeast adding to the swell of the trade wind blown by the wind.



    The entire bulletin (in French) can be found at http://www.meteofrance.gp/integratio..._iles_nord.pdf

    The info at the above link may give you a later update than the one that I copied from. At this time, the bulletin has a timestamp of 1/10/2020, 06:12 Local.
    Wow!! That's scary sounding, especially on SBH.

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    Re: Wind/Wave Warnings Thru Tuesday 1/14/2020

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinS View Post
    It's windy, but flights are operating, and Voyager 3 is en route from SBH back to SXM.

    This morning's update from Météo France, translation by Google:

    Wind force: Today Saturday east wind northeast 40 to 50 km / h on average, with gusts reaching 80-100 km / h, punctually 100-110 km / h when the showers pass. On Monday, the wind maintains an average sustained speed of 40-45 km / h accompanied by gusts in showers of the order of 80 to 100 km / h. Tuesday, the average wind softens slightly 35-40 km / h.

    State of the sea: Today heavy to very heavy sea, 4m to 4m50. This sea is lifted and chopped by the sea of ​​the wind crossing a swell from North North-East from this afternoon or end of the day. Maximum waves of the order of 7 to 8 meters. This sea state should generate a lot of agitation, especially on the shores exposed to the northeast wind but not exclusively. The moorings of boats are very busy. Navigation remains difficult for small and medium-sized boats, swimming is always dangerous. Tomorrow, these dangerous conditions know little change. Monday, very slight damping, heavy to very heavy sea with average troughs of 4 meters, swell from North- Tuesday, 3m50 on average, swell from East North-East to North-East.
    Thanks for the update, Kevin.

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    KevinS is online now
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    Re: Wind/Wave Warnings Thru Tuesday 1/14/2020

    Flights have been operating all day, and Voyager is en route from Marigot to Gustavia.

    The afternoon update from Météo France, with translation by Google:

    Forecasts

    State of the sea:

    Strong to very strong sea and choppy in a 4m to 4m50 trade wind swell.This state of sea generates a lot of agitation, especially on the shores exposed to the wind from East-North-East but not exclusively. The moorings of boats are very busy. Navigation remains difficult for small and medium-sized boats, swimming is always dangerous. From this night and during the days of Sunday and Monday, more substantial waves are expected due to the arrival of a swell from north to northeast, relatively modest in itself but whose effects will add to an already strong to very heavy sea.

    Improvements are expected from Tuesday.

    Wind force:

    This evening, Sunday and Monday, the wind blows from East-North-East from 45 to 55 km / h on average, with gusts frequently reaching 70 to 80 km / h, and more punctually 100 km / h .

    Improvement is also expected on Tuesday

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    Re: Wind/Wave Warnings Thru Tuesday 1/14/2020

    Tradewind has been landing all day according to friends there except for a minor delay in SJU.

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    KevinS is online now
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    Re: Wind/Wave Warnings Thru Tuesday 1/14/2020

    This morning’s bulletin is essentially unchanged. Winds and waves are still up. Ferries are ferrying, and flights are flying. Barring new information. I’ll let this thread fade away.

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    amyb is online now
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    Re: Wind/Wave Warnings Thru Tuesday 1/14/2020

    Sunnis shining...and it is also raining.
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    Re: Wind/Wave Warnings Thru Tuesday 1/14/2020

    Was a great day to enjoy a private Villa massage. Our Villa is somewhat sheltered from the wind. The blow keeps down the mosquitos.

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    KevinS is online now
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    Re: Wind/Wave Warnings Thru Tuesday 1/14/2020

    Météo France reported wind gusts of up to 100 km/h (62mph) overnight.

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    Re: Wind/Wave Warnings Thru Tuesday 1/14/2020

    Anyone there have any pix of the seas or harbour we might see posted on the Forum...thanks !

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    Re: Wind/Wave Warnings Thru Tuesday 1/14/2020

    Nancy . . . didn’t you recently have high seas on a Caribbean cruise? I recall that it was a it rough.

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    Re: Wind/Wave Warnings Thru Tuesday 1/14/2020

    Wow- those are high winds- glad weather is settling down but never want it still because then the mosquitoes come out and play as Kent mentioned.

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    Re: Wind/Wave Warnings Thru Tuesday 1/14/2020

    Quote Originally Posted by cec1 View Post
    Nancy . . . didn’t you recently have high seas on a Caribbean cruise? I recall that it was a it rough.
    Yes we did have 2 nites quite rough, not as bad tho as what has been described recently. Fortunantely I don't get seasick, just wonky walking on & off ships ! Watching golf on Exuma in the Bahamas over the weekend, rough & windy there too.

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    Re: Wind/Wave Warnings Thru Tuesday 1/14/2020

    I can confirm from on-island reporting that is was windy since Saturday but has died down. I took my good friend and first time visitor to Gouverneur beach for a morning swim on Saturday and he got hit by a rogue wave in the surf and ended up with a bad scrape to his face and almost broke his neck. Very scary. Fortunately, he was ok and was able to make it to Nikki Beach for lunch but the near death experience is always something the two of us will remember.

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    Re: Wind/Wave Warnings Thru Tuesday 1/14/2020

    It is very scary and happens in a nano second. Better to find a pool to swim in on days such as these.
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    Re: Wind/Wave Warnings Thru Tuesday 1/14/2020

    We know people who did the same on Saline. The waves are deceptive and one has to have experience swimming in heavy surf- not for novices.

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    Re: Wind/Wave Warnings Thru Tuesday 1/14/2020

    I had a bad tumbling experience years back on Saline...I have learned to respect the seas
    Aimee
    Steve and Aimee

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    Re: Wind/Wave Warnings Thru Tuesday 1/14/2020

    gouverner is really scary sometimes even when the waves are calm, there is always the rogue wave.

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    Re: Wind/Wave Warnings Thru Tuesday 1/14/2020

    Quote Originally Posted by agenova View Post
    I can confirm from on-island reporting that is was windy since Saturday but has died down. I took my good friend and first time visitor to Gouverneur beach for a morning swim on Saturday and he got hit by a rogue wave in the surf and ended up with a bad scrape to his face and almost broke his neck. Very scary. Fortunately, he was ok and was able to make it to Nikki Beach for lunch but the near death experience is always something the two of us will remember.

    Yikes, sorry to hear this.
    There is no trauma care offered on St Barth at the tiny hospital.

    We've had our villa Guests who have been injured by waves...and ended up as patients there.
    One, had a wave flip him onto the sand, broke ribs which pierced his lung...could not fly home.

    He was an attorney...and spent a few days he told me arguing with his insurance carrier for transit home which did not go well...
    Lesson: trip evac. insurance.
    Jeff
    Flamands Blue
    www.stbartsvilla.com

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