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Press Release - High Risk of Rip Currents Remains for the Marianas


High Risk of Rip Currents Remains for the Marianas

The National Weather Service (NWS), Guam Weather Forecast Office advised a trade-wind swell will continue for the Marianas.  
 
high risk of rip currents is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through Friday night. Surf of 7 to 10 feet along east facing reefs will maintain a high risk of rip currents all this week. 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.
 
NWS advise depending on the development of a tropical disturbance near Kosrae, the high risk of rip currents may spread to south facing reefs also by the weekend.
 
Although there is quite a bit of uncertainty as to whether a tropical disturbance will develop and there is no immediate threat to Guam or the Marianas at this time, the Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will continue to monitor closely with guidance from NWS and provide updates as needed.
 
GHS/OCD remind the community to practice extreme caution if near the water, avoiding east facing reefs and beaches if possible.
 
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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