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NWS Advisories in Effect; Hazardous Seas Remain

The National Weather Service (NWS), Guam Weather Forecast Office advise large trade-wind swell will maintain hazardous surf on north and east facing reefs. The following advisories are in effect:

high surf advisory remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan until 6 p.m. this evening, meaning high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing localized beach erosion and dangerous swimming conditions. Surf remains hazardous at 10 to 12 feet along east facing reefs and 7 to 9 feet along north facing reefs and will continue through this afternoon. Residents and visitors are advised to avoid venturing out along reefs and beaches, especially those facing north and east. Large breaking waves can cause serious injury.

high risk of rip currents is also in effect through Thursday 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 remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters until 6 p.m. this evening. Northeast winds of 15 to 20 knots with frequent gusts to 25 knots will continue through this afternoon. 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 north and east 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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