NWS Advisories Issued; Windy Conditions Expected the Next Few Days

NWS Advisories Issued; Windy Conditions Expected the Next Few Days

The National Weather Service (NWS), Guam Weather Forecast Office, advised fresh to strong trade-wind surges will cause windy conditions across the Mariana Islands through at least Thursday, especially during the daytime hours. The following advisories remain in effect:

 A wind advisory remains in effect from 9 a.m. this morning to 7 p.m. this evening. East winds at 15 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph are expected. Strong winds can affect outdoor activities; plan accordingly. Take down items that can become airborne in heavier winds, and practice caution when driving high profile vehicles such as container trucks.

A small craft advisory remains in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday, 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 windier on Wednesday and Thursday. Combined seas of 8 to 10 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 high risk of rip currents is also in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through early Wednesday morning. Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore. Strong and frequent rip currents are expected along 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.

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to avoid east facing reefs and beaches until hazardous conditions subside. Rip currents are life threatening. 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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