The CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management warned yesterday that a long period swell generated by Typhoon Wipha northwest of the Marianas will produce dangerous surf along west facing shores. The high surf warning remains in effect along west facing reefs until 6am today, Tuesday.
A high surf advisory remains in effect from 6am Tuesday to 6am Thursday along west and north facing reefs.
Dangerous surf of 12 to 15 feet is expected along west facing reefs...and hazardous surf of 10 to 12 feet is expected along west facing reefs. Coastal inundation of about a foot is likely, especially around high tide. Surf will diminish but still remain hazardous at 10 to 13 feet Tuesday along west facing reefs and 8 to 10 feet along north facing reefs. The hazardous surf conditions will linger through at least Wednesday night.
A small craft advisory remains in effect until 6am Tuesday. Seas 10 feet or greater are expected to produce conditions hazardous to operators of small craft. Seas will subside to around 9 feet on Tuesday.
The public is advised to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those along north and west 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)