A developing tropical disturbance west of the Marianas will produce windy conditions across the region in the next couple of days, according to a wind advisory by the CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management yesterday.
The wind advisory is in effect from 6am Friday to 6am Saturday.
A high surf advisory is also in effect from 6am Friday to 6am Monday along west and south facing reefs, while a small craft advisory is in effect until 6pm Sunday.
The advisory states that rising winds and seas associated with the developing tropical disturbance west of the Marianas will produce conditions hazardous to operators of small craft and also produce hazardous surf along west and south facing reefs in the next few days.
According to a separate wind advisory from the National Weather Service in Tiyan, winds will increase from the south to 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts of up to 35 mph Friday through Saturday.
A wind advisory means that winds of 30 mph or more are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
The CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management is urging the public to be extra cautious when driving. Tarps, trash cans, and other light outdoor items should be secured.
The high surf advisory states that surf will become hazardous at 7 to 9 feet along west and south facing reefs on Friday morning and rise to 8 to 10 feet on Saturday. Surf will remain hazardous on Sunday.
A small craft advisory means that seas 10 feet or greater and sustained winds of 29 to 35 mph are expected to produce conditions hazardous to small craft.
South winds of 17 to 23 mph are projected to rise to 29 to 35 mph on Friday through Saturday.
Seas will build to around 10 to 12 feet Friday through Saturday.
The public is advised to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those along west and south facing reefs as rip currents will be life threatening. 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. (PR)