JIC Release No. 19 - Heavy rains over Guam; High surf advisory

JIC Release No. 19 - Heavy rains over Guam; High surf advisory

According to the National Weather Service, the short-term forecast for the island up until 10:00 a.m. reports a band of showers to continuously bring heavy rains.

A high surf advisory is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan until 6 p.m. Saturday. Hazardous surf of 7 to 9 feet along west facing reefs through tonight. Surf will rise between 8 and 10 feet Friday and build further to between 9 and 11 feet Saturday. Surf will then diminish but could remain hazardous as long as Sunday. 

The community is advised to avoid venturing near reef lines and beaches, especially those facing west. Large breaking waves can cause serious injury. Strong rip currents will be life threatening. If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current.

If driving, be alert for near-zero visibility in heavy rain – be extra cautious when approaching intersections that have not been energized as National Guardsmen are still directing traffic in these areas.

Watch for ponding of water on the road. If outdoors, find shelter if thunder is heard. Be alert for brief flooding in poor drainage areas.

Please practice courtesy for safety officials and follow these important tips: 

•    Comply with all commands given by officials. 
•    Reduce speed and proceed with caution
•   Do not use your cellphones.
•    Allow enough braking distance between vehicles
•    Observe your surroundings at all times
•    Watch for debris on the side of the roadways – DPW have cleared major routes but staged debris may still be on the roads


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