Public warned of dangerous rip currents

Posted on Feb 21 2020

The public is being warned of a high risk of rip currents in the next several days.

Based on the information received from the National Weather Service in Tiyan, Guam, and compiled at the CNMI Emergency Operations Center State Warning Point, surf heights of 9 to 11 feet along east facing reefs will maintain dangerous and frequent rip currents well into next week. A long-period northwest swell will also support stronger and more frequent rip currents along north and west facing reefs.

Dangerous and frequent rip currents will be occurring in east, west, and north facing reefs of the Marianas through Friday afternoon on west and north facing reefs. Rip currents can sweep even the best swimmers away from shore into deeper water.

The public is being advised that strong rip currents will be life threatening along east, west, and north facing reefs. If you become caught in a rip current, remain calm. Swim out of a rip current by swimming 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. (PR)

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