Public warned of beach hazards

Posted on Dec 28 2020

A beach hazards statement remains in effect through this morning, while a high risk of rip currents is expected through tomorrow afternoon. The public is also being warned of the presence of Portuguese men-o-war jellyfish. Also, a small craft advisory is in effect until 6pm today.

Based on the information received from the National Weather Service in Guam and compiled at the CNMI Emergency Operations Center State Warning Point, dangerous rip currents are present along east facing reefs of the Marianas. Rip currents can sweep even the best swimmers away from shore into deeper water.

North-through east-facing beaches in the CNMI are also vulnerable to Portuguese men-o-war. Contact with Portuguese men-o-war, alive or dead, can cause extreme pain and may be fatal in some cases. NWS Guam has received reports of Portuguese men-o-war washing up on east-facing beaches.

Residents are advised to avoid venturing out near reef lines facing east. Stay out of the water, especially along east-facing beaches. If man-o-wars are not found along the beach they could still be out in the waters. Avoid making contact with man-o-wars that have washed up on beaches. If stung, wash the area thoroughly with salt water and try to remove any spines still lodged in the skin.

East winds 20 to 25 knots and seas of 7 to 9 feet are expected in Marianas coastal waters until 6pm today. Conditions will be hazardous to small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid navigating in hazardous conditions. (PR)

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