Flash flood watch on Rota; rip current risk until Friday

Posted on Dec 03 2020

Heavy showers are expected on Rota until Friday, with the potential for flash flooding. A flash flood watch is in effect on Rota through late Thursday night.

Meanwhile, the high surf advisory for the CNMI is cancelled but a high rip current risk remains in effect through Friday.

Based on information received from the National Weather Service in Tiyan, Guam, and compiled at the CNMI Emergency Operations Center-State Warning Point, a broad trade-wind trough enhanced by surging trades will bring sporadic heavy showers and strong thunderstorms to Rota.

A trade wind disturbance located to the southeast of the Marianas is expected to track across the southern Marianas as it brings heavy showers. Rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches with locally heavier amounts is possible. Heaviest showers are expected on Thursday night.

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. Rota residents are advised to be mindful of the precautionary/preparedness actions and to stay informed on the latest statements and advisories, which will be available through local media sources or call the CNMI EOC State Warning Point at 237-8000 or 664-8000.

In related news, according to the NWS, dangerous rip currents in east facing reefs of the Mariana Islands are expected until Friday.

Rip currents can sweep even the best swimmers away from shore into deeper water. Residents of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota are advised to avoid venturing near reef lines facing east. Large breaking waves can knock you down and cause serious injuries. Very strong rip currents will be life-threatening. If caught in a rip current, relax and float. Don`t swim against the current. If able, swim in a direction following the shoreline. If unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help. (PR)

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