High surf and small craft advisories are in effect in the CNMI, according to the National Weather Service in Tiyan, Guam and compiled at the CNMI Emergency Operations Center-State Warning Point.
The public is being advised to avoid venturing into west and north facing reefs and beaches, as large breaking waves can knock you down and cause serious injuries.
The public and inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, must avoid sailing in these conditions
Observations from the Tanapag Buoy and surf observations indicate the north swell has increased and is causing hazardous surf on north and west facing reef.
A high surf advisory is in effect until noon today, as surf has increased to hazardous levels of 10 to 12 feet. Surf is expected to decrease but remain hazardous at 7 to 9 feet for west facing reefs.
For east facing reefs, surf is not hazardous at 7 to 9 feet but is high enough to generate a high rip current risk.
Rip currents will be life-threatening and, if you become caught in a rip current, remain calm, do not exhaust yourself, stay afloat while waiting for help. If you have to swim out of a rip current, swim parallel to shore and back toward the beach when possible and do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current as you will tire quickly. (Saipan Tribune)
MD: High surf and small craft advisories are in effect in the CNMI, according to the National Weather Service in Tiyan, Guam and compiled at the CNMI Emergency Operations Center-State Warning Point.
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