Public warned of high surf, rip currents

Posted on Aug 14 2019

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 northwest swells from distant Tropical Storm Krosa will continue to generate dangerous surf along west-and north-facing reefs through last night and hazardous surf through Friday night. There will be a high risk of rip currents along all reefs except east-facing ones.

A high surf warning was in effect until last night…

There is a high risk of rip currents through Friday night.

A high surf advisory is in effect until Friday night.

Dangerous surf of 12 to 15 feet will persist along west- and north-facing reefs before gradually subsiding to hazardous levels of 10 to 14 feet by this morning. Surf will slowly subside through the week but remain hazardous through at least Friday night.

Strong rip currents are expected along south-, west-, and north-facing reefs through Friday night.

Large surf will produce localized beach erosion and dangerous conditions for swimmers and beach goers.

A high surf warning indicates that dangerous battering waves will pound the shoreline. This will result in life-threatening conditions.

Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore, which occur most often at low spots or breaks in the reef. Heed the advice of lifeguards, beach patrol flags, and signs.

If you become caught in a rip current, remain calm. If you have to swim out of a rip current, swim parallel to shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current as you will tire quickly.

The public is advised to avoid venturing out along south-, west-, and north-facing reefs and beaches. Huge pounding waves can knock you down and cause serious injuries. Strong rip currents will be life-threatening. (PR)

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