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Stay Out of the Waters; Hazardous Seas are Life Threatening

As Super Typhoon Yutu continues to move further away from the Marianas, hazardous sea conditions remain. The National Weather Service (NWS) – Guam Weather Forecast Office advised large northwest swell from Super Typhoon Yutu will continue to produce dangerous surf today and hazardous surf tonight through Saturday.
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) caution the community to heed the warnings of NWS and to stay out of the water, including private businesses that operate water and water sport activities, for the safety of all.
high surf warning is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan, until 6 p.m. this evening. A high surf warning indicates that dangerous battering waves will pound the shoreline, resulting in life-threatening conditions. Rip currents will be deadly. Stay out of the water. Today, surf will be dangerous at 12 to 16 feet along west facing reefs and hazardous 8 to 10 feet along north facing reefs. Minor coastal inundation is possible along west facing shores.
high surf advisory is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan from 6 p.m. this evening to 6 p.m. Saturday. Tonight, surf will be hazardous at 10 to 14 feet along west facing reefs and 7 to 9 feet along north facing reefs. Avoid venturing near reefs and beaches, especially those facing west and north. Large breaking waves can knock you down and cause serious injuries. Strong rip currents will be life threatening. If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do not swim directly against a rip current.
small craft advisory is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters until 6 p.m. Saturday, meaning wind speeds of 21 knots to 33 knots are expected to produce wave conditions hazardous to small craft. Seas of 10 to 14 feet today, with the highest seas west of the islands, will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft. With seas as high as 14 feet, inexperienced mariners operating smaller vessels should postpone sailing.
Visit the following sites for the latest advisory 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 jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.

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