The CNMI Emergency Management Office issued yesterday small craft and high surf advisories, both of which will remain in effect until 4pm Thursday.
Seas of 10 feet or greater and frequent gusts of 22 knots or more are expected to produce conditions hazardous to operators of small craft.
Winds of 15 to 20 knots with frequent gusts to 25 knots will continue through Wednesday afternoon. Combined seas of 9 to 11 feet will persist through Thursday morning before subsiding to between 8 and 9 feet by Thursday evening.
The high surf advisory is in effect for north and east facing reefs.
Along north facing reefs, surf will reach hazardous levels of 7 to 9 feet before dawn. Surf is expected to stay at these levels through Thursday morning before gradually falling below advisory levels by Thursday evening.
EMO is advising the public, especially those operating smaller vessels, to 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)