A large north swell will produce hazardous surf along north facing shores of the Mariana Islands today, Jan. 22, according to the Emergency Management Office.
A small craft advisory and a high surf advisory are in effect until 6am Wednesday.
Along north facing shores, dangerous surf is expected to decrease to hazardous levels of 9 to 12 feet by Tuesday. Along east facing shores, surf is expected to diminish below hazardous levels by Tuesday. Along west facing shores, surf is expected to fall below hazardous levels by Tuesday.
A high surf warning indicates that dangerous battering waves will pound the shoreline. This will result in very dangerous swimming conditions and deadly rip currents. Coastal erosion or property damage is likely in low-lying areas or where wave action is close to shore. This is most likely at high tide, which will occur between 2pm and 3pm.
Winds of 30 mph or more are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult for high profile vehicles. Tarps, trash cans and other light outdoor items should be secured.
EMO is advising the public to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those along north and west facing reefs as rip currents are life threatening. (EMO)