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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

EMO warns of rough seas, high surf

The CNMI Emergency Management Office reiterated its small craft and high surf advisories yesterday, saying these advisories will remain in effect until 4pm today, Thursday.

Fresh trade winds with occasional strong gusts will gradually diminish to moderate by Friday. Combined seas of 9 to 11 feet are expected through Thursday then fall to 7 to 8 feet by this weekend. The combination of north swell and trade-wind swell will maintain high surf across the Marianas for another day.

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 occasional gusts to 25 knots will continue into Thursday. Combined seas of 9 to 11 feet will persist through Thursday morning before subsiding to between 8 and 9 feet this evening.

The high surf advisory remains in effect until 4pm Thursday along north and east facing reefs.

Along north facing reefs, hazardous surf of 7 to 9 feet will persist today before subsiding below advisory levels this evening.

Along east facing reefs, hazardous surf of 10 to 12 feet will continue today before dropping below hazardous levels this evening.

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 also reminded to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those along north and east facing reefs as rip currents are hazardous. (EMO)

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