High surf and high risk for rip currents

Posted on Feb 07 2019

The National Weather Service in Tiyan, Guam, has advised that there is a high risk of rip currents through Sunday afternoon.

Based on the information received from the NWS and compiled at the CNMI Emergency Operations Center State Warning Point, an east-northeast swell will continue affecting the Marianas and hazardous surf continues along north facing reefs. There will still be a high risk of rip currents along north and east facing reefs.

A high surf advisory for Saipan, Tinian, and Rota was in effect until 6 pm last night.

Along north facing reefs, hazardous surf of 6 to 9 feet was expected to fall below advisory levels by early yesterday evening. Rip current risk was high through last night. The Ritidian and Tarague beaches were at most risk in Guam. Surf of 9 feet was being reported on Saipan.

Along east facing reefs, surf is expected to remain near heights of 8 to 11 feet. This is below hazardous levels but it will maintain a high risk of rip currents all this week.

A high surf advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing localized beach erosion and dangerous swimming conditions.

The public is being advised to avoid venturing near reefs and beaches, especially those facing north and east. Strong rip currents will be life threatening. If you become caught in a rip current, remain calm. swim parallel to shore, then back toward the beach when possible. Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current as you will tire quickly. (EOC)

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