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Thursday, April 17, 2014

EMO warns of dangerous surf

The Emergency Management Office extended yesterday the high surf advisory it issued Tuesday, saying the advisory will remain in effect until 6pm Tuesday next week.

In an advisory yesterday, EMO said that fresh to strong trade winds and combined seas of 10 to 12 feet will continue across the Marianas through the weekend.

Hazardous surf of 10 to 12 feet will persist along east facing reefs through early next week, the advisory states. Hazardous surf of 7 to 9 feet will continue along north facing reefs through at least Friday.

“East to northeast winds of 20 knots with frequent gusts to 30 knots and combined seas of 10 to 12 feet 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 also advises the 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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