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A long-period northerly swell is expected to cause hazardous marine and coastal conditions across the Atlantic waters and passages, and along the northern exposed beaches of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico from Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) through the weekend, the National Weather Service in Puerto Rico has announced.
According to the release, seas are forecast to build to around 8 feet or higher for the Atlantic waters, and the long-period swell is expected to cause rough surf conditions and life-threatening rip currents from the northwest to east coast of Puerto Rico, including Culebra and some beaches of northern Vieques. Across the USVI, the main threat is expected along the west to the northern coast of St. Thomas, but the threat of strong rip currents could spread and increase across the rest of the islands during the weekend, the NWS said.
Potential Hazards and Impacts:
A new update will be provided tomorrow. Forecast wave heights may change between model runs, and the forecast will be adjusted as needed.