NWS Advisories in Effect for the Marianas; Avoid Hazardous Seas

NWS Advisories in Effect for the Marianas; Avoid Hazardous Seas

The National Weather Service (NWS), Guam Weather Forecast Office advise large swell will continue to produce hazardous seas for the Marianas.  The following advisories are in effect:

high surf advisory is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan until 7 a.m. Sunday, 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 9 to 11 feet along east facing reefs are expected.

high risk of rip currents is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through Tuesday afternoon. 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.

The community is reminded to heed the advice of lifeguards, beach patrol flags, and signs. 

small craft advisory is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters until 6 p.m. Tuesday. Northeast winds of 15 to 25 knots and combined seas of 9 to 12 feet will produce 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) advise residents and visitors to avoid north and east facing reefs and beaches until hazardous conditions subside.

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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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