Super Typhoon Maria generates hazardous surf


The CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency yesterday warned the public about hazardous surf generated by Super Typhoon Maria along west facing reefs and beaches of the Mariana Islands until this morning, Monday. Gov. Ralph DLG Torres advised the public to avoid venturing near reef lines and beaches, especially those facing west.

HSEMA said if caught by a rip current, swim parallel to shore and back toward the beach when possible.

“Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current,” HSEMA said in its advisory.

For Saipan, Tinian, and Rota hazardous surf of 8 to 10 feet along west reefs will slowly subside over Sunday night. The hazardous surf will fall below hazardous level to between 6 and 8 feet by early this morning, Monday.

Tropical Storm Maria intensified into a super typhoon as it moved away from the Marianas last week.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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