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NWS Advisories in Effect; Strong Trade Winds to Maintain Hazardous Seas

The National Weather Service (NWS), Guam Weather Forecast Office advise trade winds have been persistent across the Marianas and that we can expect this pattern to linger at least the next couple of weeks. Breezy, sometimes gusty weather and choppy seas will linger into next week.  The following advisories are in effect:

high surf advisory remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan until 6 p.m. Tuesday, meaning 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 and 7 to 9 feet along north facing reefs through Tuesday. Residents and visitors are advised to avoid venturing out along reefs and beaches, especially those facing east and north. 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 Tuesday afternoon. 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. Tuesday. Northeast winds of 15 to 25 knots and combined seas of 9 to 12 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) remind residents and visitors to avoid east and north 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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