Trade disturbance passes through Marianas

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The National Weather Service in Guam reports that winds and sea levels are expected to increase as a trade disturbance passes through the Marianas.

NWS also predicts showers to continue to increase, mainly for the CNMI while west Micronesia will see showers and thunderstorms.

Because of the trade wind disturbance, high rip currents risk remain in effect through Tuesday afternoon, bringing dangerous Portuguese men-o-war jellyfish to Marianas shores.

Rip currents can sweep even the best swimmers away from shore into deeper water while contact with Portuguese men-o-war, alive or dead, can cause extreme pain and may be fatal in some cases.

NWS advises residents to stay out of the water, especially along east-facing beaches because even if Portuguese men-o-war are not found along the beach, they could still be in the water. People should avoid coming in contact with Portuguese men-o-war that have washed up on beaches. If stung, wash the area thoroughly with salt water and try to remove any spines still lodged in the skin.

Residents are advised to swim near a lifeguard and if caught in a rip current, relax and float. Don’t swim against the current. If possible, swim in the direction following the shoreline. If you are unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help.

Kimberly B. Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.
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