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(CNMI Emergency Operations Center State Warning Point) — Based on the information received from the National Weather Service, there has been a brief increase in north swell and this will cause hazardous surf at Tinian and Saipan.

A high surf advisory is in effect through Friday morning.

There is a high risk of rip currents along north-facing reefs, but rip currents risk has fallen to moderate along east reefs.

Along north-facing reefs, hazardous surf of 7 to 10 feet will continue through early Friday morning. Surf will slowly subside through the morning and should fall below hazardous levels of 9 feet around midday. The high risk of rip currents is expected to also fall to moderate around midday.

Along east facing reefs, surf has fallen to between 6 and 8 feet. As a result, the high risk of rip currents has dropped to moderate.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres is advising the general public to avoid venturing out along the reef line, especially along north-facing reefs.

Large breaking waves can knock you down. If you become caught in a rip current, remain calm, and stay afloat while waiting for help. To swim 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 as you will tire quickly.

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