NWS Advisories in Effect; Avoid Hazardous Seas

NWS Advisories in Effect; Avoid Hazardous Seas

The National Weather Service (NWS), Guam Weather Forecast Office advise a large east swell will continue to produce hazardous surf on north and east facing reefs in the Marianas. The following advisories are in effect:


high surf advisory is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan until 11 a.m. today, meaning high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing localized beach erosion and dangerous swimming conditions. Surf is now hazardous along east facing reefs at 11 to 13 feet and will continue through tonight. Hazardous surf of 9 to 11 feet along north facing reefs will continue through tonight.


high risk of rip currents is also in effect through late Saturday 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 can be life threatening.


small craft advisory remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters until 11 a.m. today. East winds of 15 to 20 knots with frequent gusts to 25 knots will continue through this morning. 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 the hazardous seas until dangerous conditions subside. Rip currents can be life threatening and are expected through late Saturday morning.

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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