Public warned of high surf, rip currents

Posted on Oct 13 2021

A high surf advisory is in effect until 6pm today, Wednesday and the public is being warned that there is a high risk of rip currents 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, large breaking waves of 7 to 9 feet are expected along north facing reefs of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. There is also a high risk of rip currents along north and east facing reefs. Both warnings are in place until 6pm today.

The Homeland Security and Emergency Management Office is warning that these conditions will create dangerous swimming and surfing conditions and localized beach erosion. Rip currents can sweep even the best swimmers away from shore into deeper water.

The public is being warned to swim near a lifeguard. If caught in a rip current, relax and float. Don’t swim against the current. If able, swim in a direction following the shoreline. If unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help. Inexperienced swimmers should remain out of the water due to dangerous surf conditions. (PR)

Jun Dayao Dayao
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