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Sunday, April 20, 2014

EMO warns of high surf today

The Emergency Management Office reiterated yesterday its warning that hazardous surf will persist until Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013.

EMO said a shear line will cause large waves and produce hazardous surf in the next couple days. A high surf advisory remains in effect for north facing reefs until 6am Sunday.

“Along north facing reefs, hazardous surf of 8 to 10 feet will gradually build to 10 to 12 feet by Friday. Surf should slowly subside over the weekend. Along west facing reefs, hazardous surf of 7 to 9 feet should subside below hazardous levels this weekend. Along east facing reefs, surf will be higher than usual and could become hazardous [by] Friday,” EMO said.

A small craft advisory remains in effect until 6am Sunday. This means seas 10 feet or greater and sustained winds of 22 to 33 knots are expected to produce conditions hazardous to small craft.

“Combined seas…will build to 10 to 12 feet by Friday. Winds of 15 to 25 knots will increase to 20 to 30 knots through Friday night,” EMO said.

The public is urged to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those along north facing reefs as rip currents are life threatening.

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)

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