High Surf and High Rip Current to Affect Territory Saturday Through Mid Next Week; Small Craft Advisory in Effect

Weather Updates Published On December 03, 2022 06:18 AM
Staff Consortium | December 03, 2022 06:18:56 AM


A northeasterly swell with a period ranging between 10 and 13 seconds will invade the local Atlantic Waters and Caribbean Passages from early Saturday morning, December 3rd, through the middle of next week, according to the National Weather Service. This northeasterly swell is forecast to peak late Sunday night into Tuesday, increasing seas to around 10 feet with occasional seas up to 13 feet.



  1. Hazardous marine and coastal conditions due to a northeasterly swell with a height of 7-10 feet and a period between 10 and 13 seconds across the Atlantic Waters and Caribbean Passages.
  2. Saturday morning, expect life-threatening rip currents due to dangerous breaking waves between 6 and 9 feet along Puerto Rico and Culebra's north and northeast-facing beaches. 
  3. Dangerous surf conditions due to breaking waves between 10 and 15 feet are expected after 6 PM AST Saturday through at least Tuesday along the beaches from the northwest to the northeast coast of Puerto Rico and Culebra. 
  4. St. Thomas and St. John can expect a high risk of rip currents due to breaking waves between 6 and 9 feet from early Sunday morning onward. 
  5. St. Croix can expect a high risk of rip currents due to breaking waves between 6 and 9 feet Sunday evening and onward. 


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