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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Public warned of high surf, large waves, strong winds

The CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management issued a high surf advisory yesterday to warn the public of hazardous surf of 10 to 13 feet along east facing reefs through Friday night.

Combined seas of 12 to 15 feet and strong northeast winds are expected through Friday. Meanwhile, a shear line will bring scattered showers to the region through Thursday night. For Friday through the weekend, scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected as a tropical disturbance northwest of Chuuk moves slowly west.

The high surf advisory remains in effect for east facing reefs until noon Saturday. Surf should subside below 12 feet during the day Saturday.

A small craft advisory also remains in effect until noon Saturday. Seas of 12 to 15 feet and winds of 25 to 30 knots will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft over the next couple of days. Winds and seas should diminish on Saturday.

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. Avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those along north and east facing reefs as rip currents is life threatening.

Meanwhile, strong northeast winds are expected through Friday. The National Weather Service in Guam has issued a wind advisory for the Marianas that is in effect from 6am to 6pm Thursday.

Northeast winds of 25 to 35 mph with higher gusts are expected through the day Thursday. Winds will subside to 20 to 25 mph by Thursday night.

Winds of 25 to 35 mph can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution. Secure any lightweight outdoor furniture. Make sure tarps, trash cans, and other light outdoor items are well secured. (PR)

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