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NWS Advisories in Effect; Hazardous Seas Expected through the Weekend

The National Weather Service (NWS), Guam Weather Forecast Office advise hazardous seas are expected through the weekend. Trade-wind swell will produce hazardous surf and a high risk of rip currents through Sunday night. The following advisories are in effect:

high surf advisory remains in effect for Tinian and Saipan until Sunday night and will be in effect for Guam and Rota beginning at 12 noon today through Sunday night. A high surf advisory means high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing localized beach erosion and dangerous swimming conditions. Surf will remain hazardous at 10 to 12 feet along east facing reefs. Residents and visitors are advised to avoid venturing out along reefs and beaches, especially those facing east. Large breaking waves can knock you down and cause serious injury.

high risk of rip currents is also in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through Sunday night. 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 for hazardous seas remains in effect for Tinian and Saipan through Sunday night and will be in effect for Guam and Rota coastal waters beginning at noon today through Sunday night. Combined seas will build to 8 to 10 feet by noon and persist through Sunday night, producing 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 facing reefs and beaches until hazardous conditions subside. Rip currents will be life threatening.

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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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