NWS advisories in effect for Marianas; avoid hazardous seas

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(Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense) — The National Weather Service said northwest to northeast swell will produce hazardous surf across the Marianas. The following advisories are in effect:

A high surf advisory is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through Friday. Hazardous surf of 6 to 9 feet Tuesday morning will build to between 8 and 10 feet Wednesday along north facing reefs.

A high risk of rip currents is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through Friday. Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore. Dangerous and frequent rip currents are expected along north and east facing reefs.

Rip currents can sweep even the best swimmers away from shore into deeper water. If caught in a rip current, relax and float. Do not swim against the current. If able, swim parallel to the shore and back toward the beach when possible. If unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help. Rip currents are life threatening.

A small craft advisory remains in effect for the coastal waters of Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through Saturday night. Northeast winds of 15 to 25 knots and combined seas of 7 to 10 feet will produce hazardous conditions for small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid boating in these conditions.

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind the community to avoid hazardous seas, until conditions subside. 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

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