The National Weather Service (NWS), Guam Weather Forecast Office advise a shear line will bring rising seas and fresh to strong winds to the Marianas through the middle of the week.
A small craft advisory remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters until 6 p.m. Thursday. Northeast winds will increase to 15 to 25 knots this morning and combined seas will build between 8 and 10 feet today and to between 10 and 11 feet tonight, producing hazardous conditions for operators of small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions.
A high risk of rip currents is expected for the Marianas through late Thursday night along north facing reefs. 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 Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind the community to 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/
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.