Small craft advisory, rip current risk present

Posted on Dec 22 2020

A small craft advisory remains in effect until 6pm Thursday, while a high rip current risk remains in effect through Thursday afternoon

Based on the information received from the National Weather Service in Guam and compiled at the CNMI Emergency Operations Center State Warning Point. east winds of 20 to 25 knots, with gusts of up to 30 knots and seas of 8 to 12 feet are present in coastal waters of Saipan, Tinian, Rota, and Guam until 6pm Thursday.

Conditions will be hazardous to small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid navigating in hazardous conditions.

Dangerous rip currents are still present along east facing reefs through Thursday afternoon. Rip currents can sweep even the best swimmers away from shore into deeper water. The public is advised to avoid venturing out near reef lines facing east. 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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