The National Weather Service has placed the islands of St. Thomas and St. John under Coastal Flood Watch through Tuesday afternoon as large northwest swells are expected to impact coastal areas by late afternoon Monday.
According to the National Weather Service, strong winds associated with a low pressure system across the northwest Atlantic will continue to generate large and long period northwest swells of 8 to 11 feet. These swells will begin to invade local Atlantic waters and all local passages by late afternoon and are expected to generate large breaking waves of 10 to 16 feet, causing beach erosion and increasing the potential for coastal flooding during high tides. In addition, strong rip currents will produce rough and dangerous surf conditions along local reefs, beaches and shoals of the northwest through northeast exposed coasts.
A High Surf Advisory and Small Craft Advisory are also in effect for the entre Virgin Islands through Wednesday morning.
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