A high surf advisory remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan until 6 p.m. Friday. Along north facing reefs, hazardous surf of 8 to 10 feet could possibly increase to between 12 and 14 feet on Tuesday. Along east facing reefs, hazardous surf of 10 to 12 feet could possibly build between 16 and 20 feet on Tuesday. Do not venture out along north and east facing reefs and beaches. Large braking waves can knock you down and cause serious injuries.
A high risk of rip currents is also in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through the coming week. Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore. Strong and frequent rip currents are expected along north and east facing reefs and exposed beaches. 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.
A small craft advisory remains in effect until 6 a.m. Tuesday, for the coastal waters of Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. East winds of 15 to 25 knots with occasional gusts to 35 knots are expected the next several days and could get even stronger Tuesday through Thursday. Combined seas of 9 to 11 feet will build further to between 10 to 12 feet tonight. The winds and seas will produce hazardous conditions to small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions.
A gale watch will then be in effect from Tuesday morning through late Thursday night. A gale watch is issued when the risk of gale force winds or frequent gusts of 38 mph to 51 has significantly increased but the specific timing and location of gale force winds is still uncertain.
A hazardous seas watch will be in effect from Tuesday morning through late Thursday night. A hazardous seas watch is issued when the risk of hazardous seas of 15 mph or more has significantly increased but the specific timing and location is still uncertain. The gale watch and hazardous seas watch are intended to provide additional lead time for mariners who may wish to consider altering plans.
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) advise the community to prepare for the onset of gale force winds by taking the following basic precautionary actions now:
- Clear loose debris around your yard and store any items that may become airborne with heavy winds, such as canopies, tarps or trampolines;
- Stay up to date with the latest information and advisory updates;
- If planning outdoor activities, have alternate plans in place;
- Avoid north and east facing reefs and beaches throughout the week. Rip currents are life threatening;
- Heed the advice of lifeguards, beach patrol flags, and signs.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.