Public warned of high surf this week

Posted on Apr 20 2021

A high surf advisory remains in effect this week, while a small craft advisory is in effect until 5am Thursday.

Based on the information received from the National Weather Service in Guam and compiled at the CNMI Emergency Operations Center State Warning Point, hazardous surf of 9 to 12 feet and dangerous rip currents is present in west-facing reefs of Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan all this week. Also, seas 8 to 10 feet expected in coastal waters of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota until 5am chst Thursday.

Large breaking waves can knock you down and cause serious injuries. Strong rip currents can drag you out to sea.

Distant Typhoon Surigae has slowed once again. That is making the waves bigger than previously expected, and they could last longer as well. An upgrade to high surf warning is a possibility later this week.

Residents of Saipan and Tinian are advised to avoid venturing near reef lines facing west. It will be risky to swim or snorkel in these conditions. Inexperienced swimmers should remain out of the water due to dangerous surf conditions.

Conditions will be hazardous to small craft. Seas will likely diminish Thursday, only to build again on Sunday.

Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, are advised to avoid navigating in these hazardous conditions. (PR)

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