Public warned of high-risk rip current and high surf

Posted on Jan 07 2019

A large swell will continue to produce hazardous surf and dangerous rip currents in the CNMI and there is a high risk of rip currents through Tuesday afternoon.

A small craft advisory remains in effect until 6pm Tuesday. Fresh to strong winds and rough seas will continue in the Marianas waters.

Northeast winds with frequent gusts and combined seas of 8 to 11 feet will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft through at least Tuesday.

A high surf advisory was in effect until 6pm last night and a beach hazards statement was in effect through yesterday 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, surf of 7 to 9 feet is expected along east facing reefs. This surf will produce a high risk of rip currents for a few days.

The stinging Portuguese man-o-war jellyfish are washing up on local beaches and are likely to continue washing up over the next few days.

These jellyfish have been reported on the east coast and on the west coasts of Guam.

Man-o-war can inflict a painful sting even after they have died. Remain watchful and avoid touching them. Closed toe shoes are recommended as long as these animals are washing up.

A beach hazards statement is issued when threats such as rip currents, longshore currents, sneaker waves and other hazards create life-threatening conditions in the surf zone. Caution should be used when in or near the water.

Th general public is advised to avoid venturing near reefs and beaches, especially those facing east or north. Large breaking waves can knock you down and cause serious injuries. 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.

Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions. (PR)

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