A tropical storm warning was in effect for St Maarten and surrounding Caribbean islands on July 29, with wind gusts recorded at 81 kilometers per hour (about 50 mph) on the island. The storm system caused rough surf to crash onto the island’s shores.
According to the Meteorological Department of St Maarten, the storm had the potential to bring up to four inches of rain. A small craft warning was also in effect, as sea swells of up to 10 feet in height are expected.
Videos filmed by a local resident showed rough surf in St Maarten’s Simpson Bay. “Waves picking up with wind and rain. This area is usually calm enough to snorkel near the rocks,” wrote Twitter user @Crush255 on Wednesday. Credit: @Crush2525 via Storyful