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NWS Advisories in Effect for the Marianas

The National Weather Service (NWS), Guam Weather Forecast Office has the following advisories in effect:

 

high surf advisory is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through tonight, meaning high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing localized beach erosion and dangerous swimming conditions. Hazardous surf of 8 to 10 feet along north facing reefs and as high as 10 feet along east facing reefs is expected.

 

high risk of rip currents is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through tonight. Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore. 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.

 

beach hazards statement is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Portugese man-o-war have been reported washing up on local beaches including the east coast at Ipan and on the west coast at both Piti and Tumon. They are likely to continue washing up over the next few days. Man-o-war can inflict a painful sting even after they have died. Remain watchful and avoid touching them. Closed toe shoes are recommended if by the beach.

 

small craft advisory remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters through tonight. Northeast winds of 20 to 25 knots and combined seas of 8 to 10 feet will produce 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) advise residents and visitors to avoid north and east facing reefs and beaches until hazardous conditions subside. Heed the advice of lifeguards, beach patrol flags, and signs. 

 

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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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