Public warned of rough seas, rip currents

Posted on Jan 06 2022

The public is being warned of large breaking waves of 7 to 11 feet along north facing reefs and dangerous rip currents along north and east facing reefs.

A high surf advisory remains in effect until 6am today, Thursday, while a high rip current risk remains through Friday afternoon on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.

Based on the information received from the National Weather Service in Guam and compiled at the CNMI Emergency Operations Center State Warning Point, the high surf advisory is in place until 6am today. For the high rip current risk, the advisory is through Thursday morning along north facing reefs and Friday afternoon along east facing reefs.

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.

Fresh to strong northeasterly winds and mixed north and northeast swell are expect to keep surf hazardous along north facing reefs until Thursday morning.

Inexperienced swimmers should remain out of the water due to dangerous surf conditions. The public is advised to stay out of the water along north and east facing shores. Inexperienced swimmers should remain out of the water due to dangerous surf conditions. Elsewhere, 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. (PR)

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