The National Weather Service (NWS), Guam Weather Forecast Office continue to monitor a disturbance expected to pass near Koror, Palau Friday or Saturday. While there is no direct threat to the Marianas from the disturbance, the following advisories are in effect:
A high surf advisory along north facing reefs remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through Thursday night, meaning high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing localized beach erosion and dangerous swimming conditions. Hazardous surf of 8 to 10 feet along north facing reefs and as high as 10 feet along east facing reefs is expected.
A high risk of rip currents is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through late Saturday night. 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.
A beach hazards statement is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Portuguese man-o-war have been reported washing up on local beaches including the north coast of Guam at Tarague Beach, the east coast of Ipan and along west facing beaches near Piti. They are likely to continue washing up over the next few days. Man-o-war can inflict a painful sting even after they have died. Remain watchful and avoid touching them. Closed toe shoes are recommended if by the beach.
A small craft advisory remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters until 6 a.m. Sunday. Winds of 15 to 25 knots with frequent gusts to 30 knots and combined seas of 8 to 11 feet will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions.
An airport wind advisory is in effect for the Guam International Airport until 7 p.m. this evening. Winds of 15 to 20 knots with frequent gusts of 30 knots are expected.
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) advise residents and visitors to avoid north and east facing reefs and beaches until hazardous conditions subside. Heed the advice of lifeguards, beach patrol flags, and signs.
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