TD moves away but surf, rip currents still risky


Tropical Depression Peipah is moving steadily northwest and away from the Marianas.

A large west swell will maintain hazardous surf and dangerous rip currents through tonight and a high surf advisory remains in effect through Tuesday night along west- and south-facing reefs.

Based on information received from the National Weather Service in Tiyan, Guam, and compiled at the CNMI Emergency Operations Center-State Warning Point, the center of Peipah was located at 1pm yesterday about 245 miles north-northwest of Agrihan, about 290 miles north-northwest of Pagan, and about 605 miles north of Guam, with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and was moving northwest at 26 mph.

It is expected to make a slight turn toward the north-northwest with a decrease in forward speed over the next 24 hours.

Peipah is forecast to gradually weaken through today, Tuesday.

There is a high risk of rip currents through Tuesday night. Along west-facing reefs, hazardous surf of 10 to 12 feet will subside to between 8 and 10 feet on Tuesday.

Along south-facing reefs, hazardous surf of 8 to 10 feet will subside to between 7 and 9 feet tonight, then fall below hazardous levels to between 6 and 8 feet on Tuesday.

Dangerous rip currents are expected along south and west facing reefs.

The public is being advised to avoid venturing out along south- and west-facing reefs and beaches. Large breaking waves can knock you down and cause serious injuries. Strong rip currents will be life threatening. If you become caught in a rip current, swim parallel to shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do not attempt to swim directly against the current as you will tire quickly. Heed the advice of lifeguards.

The CNMI Emergency Operations Center State Warning Point will be monitoring the movement of Peipah and will be issuing out bulletins as they become available. Keep a close watch on updates to weather forecasts and stay informed on the latest statements and advisories. (Saipan Tribune/EOC)

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