A large swell and wind waves from the north and especially from the east will cause hazardous surf in the Marianas for the next several days, according to the Emergency Management Office yesterday.
EMO said that high surf and small craft advisories will be in effect until 6pm Wednesday.
A small craft advisory means that seas 10 feet or greater and sustained winds of 22 to 33 knots are expected to produce conditions hazardous to small craft.
“Along north facing reefs, expect hazardous surf of 7 to 10 feet for the next couple of days. Locally higher surf up to 12 feet is possible at some locations. Along east facing reefs, hazardous surf of 9 to 12 could build to 12 to 14 feet on Monday and Tuesday. Surf should gradually subside by Thursday,” the EMO advisory states.
Northeast winds of 15 to 25 knots will increase to 20 to 30 knots on Monday. Combines seas will gradually build to around 12 feet on Monday.
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.
The public is advised to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those along north and east facing reefs as rip currents are life threatening. (EMO)