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Hazardous Rip Currents Remain; NWS Advisories in Effect for the Marianas

Hazardous Rip Currents Remain; NWS Advisories in Effect for the Marianas

The National Weather Service (NWS), Guam Weather Forecast Office advise fresh to strong trade-winds will maintain rough seas along east facing shores and the high risk of rip currents will continue for the next couple of days. The following advisories remain in effect:
high risk of rip currents remains in effect along east facing reefs for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through Wednesday. Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore. If caught in a rip current, yell for help. Remain calm and stay afloat while waiting for help. If swimming out of a rip current, swim parallel to shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current. Rip currents will be life threatening. Large surf of 8 to 10 feet along east facing reefs is expected.
small craft advisory remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters through tonight. Fresh to occasionally strong northeast winds and combined seas of 8 to 10 feet will generate hazardous conditions for operators of small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions.

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to avoid east reefs and beaches until hazardous conditions subside. Rip currents will be life threatening. Heed the advice of lifeguards, beach patrol flags, and signs. 
Visit the following links for the latest information:
·           NWS Website: https://www.weather.gov/gum/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/
·           GHS/OCD Website: https://ghs.guam.gov/
·           GHS/OCD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GHSOCD/

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.



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