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Friday, April 18, 2014

High surf expected to last until Tuesday

The Emergency Management Office reiterated its high surf and small craft advisories yesterday, warning mariners and beach-goers to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches due to dangerous rip currents.

According to its latest advisory, EMO said that fresh to occasionally strong trade winds with gusts to near gale force and combined seas of 10 to 12 feet will continue over the Marianas waters into the first part of next week.

The high surf advisory and the small craft advisory will remain in effect until 6pm Tuesday.

EMO expects hazardous surf of 10 to 12 feet along east facing reefs to persist through early next week. Hazardous surf of 7 to 9 feet along north facing reefs was expected to continue through last night.

“East to northeast winds of 20 to 25 knots with occasional gusts to 35 knots will subside only slightly to 20 knots with occasional gusts to 30 knots tonight. Winds will then build to 20 to 25 knots with occasional gusts to 35 knots again on Saturday, then remain at that level through at least Monday. In addition, combined seas of 10 to 12 feet will persist through at least Tuesday,” the EMO advisory stated.

The combination of winds and seas will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft through early next week. Inexperienced mariners especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid boating in these conditions. If travel by boat is necessary exercise caution, especially near reef lines and when entering or leaving harbors and inlets.

EMO is advising the general public to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those along north and east facing reefs as rip currents are life threatening. (EMO)

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