A high surf advisory is currently in effect until 6pm today, Monday. There is also a high risk of rip currents until this afternoon.
Based on the information received from the National Weather Service in Tiyan, Guam, and compiled at the CNMI Emergency Operations Center State Warning Point, large breaking waves of 7 to 9 feet are expected in the surf zone on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. Dangerous rip currents are also present, particularly in the north facing reefs of Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan.
These projections make for hazardous swimming and surfing conditions and localized beach erosion. Rip currents can sweep even the best swimmers away from shore into deeper water. If caught in a rip current, do not swim against the current. Swim parallel to the shoreline, then back toward shore when able.
The public is advised to avoid venturing out near reef lines facing north. Inexperienced swimmers should remain out of the water due to dangerous surf conditions. (PR)