NWS Advisories in Effect for the Marianas; Rough Seas Expected

NWS Advisories in Effect for the Marianas; Rough Seas Expected

The National Weather Service (NWS), Guam Weather Forecast Office advised a trade-wind surge is producing fresh to strong winds and rough seas. The following advisories remain in effect:
high risk of rip currents is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through 6 a.m. Saturday. Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore. Dangerous rip currents are expected along east facing reefs and on some beaches such as Ritidian and Gun Beach, the high risk of rip currents could extend to north facing reefs.
Rip currents can sweep even the best swimmers away. Avoid dangerous currents and swim near a lifeguard if possible. Never swim alone. 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 are life threatening.
small craft advisory remains in effect for the coastal waters of Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan until 6 a.m. Saturday. East-northeast winds of 15 to 25 knots with gusts to 30 knots and combined seas of 8 to 11 feet will produce hazardous conditions to small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid navigating in these conditions.
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind the community to avoid hazardous seas, until 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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