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Hazardous Seas Remain in Effect for the Marianas; Avoid the Waters

The National Weather Service (NWS), Guam Weather Forecast Office advise trade-wind swell will continue to produce a high risk of rip currents. The following advisories are in effect:


beach hazards statement remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through this afternoon. Persistent trade-wind swell has pushed large numbers of Portuguese man-of-war jelly fish toward the eastern and northern shores of the Marianas. The jellyfish have been seen on both the beaches and in the water.


Residents and visitors are advised to stay away from the waters and avoid touching jelly fish washed up on beaches as this can cause extreme pain.


high risk of rip currents is also in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan along east facing reefs through early Thursday morning. 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.


small craft advisory remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters until 6 p.m. this evening. East-northeast winds near 20 knots with frequent gusts over 25 knots will create 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) remind residents and visitors to avoid east and north facing reefs and beaches until hazardous conditions subside. Rip currents will be life threatening.

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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