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Weather advisories in effect for the Marianas; avoid hazardous seas

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(Press Release) — The National Weather Service- Guam Weather Forecast Office has advised that north to northeast swell will produce hazardous surf. The following advisories remain in effect:

A high surf advisory is in effect through Thursday afternoon. Hazardous surf of 8 to 10 feet is expected along north facing reefs and large breaking waves will continue to generate strong and frequent rip currents along east facing reefs.

A high risk of rip currents is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through Friday afternoon. Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore. Dangerous rip currents are expected along east facing reefs and on some beaches such as Ritidian, the high risk of rip currents could extend to north facing reefs.

The community is advised to stay out of the water. Rip currents can sweep even the best swimmers away into deeper water. If caught in a rip current, relax and float. Do not 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. Rip currents are life threatening.

A small craft advisory remains in effect for the coastal waters of Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan until 5 p.m. Friday. East winds of 15 to 25 knots and seas of 8 to 10 feet will produce hazardous conditions for small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid boating in these conditions.

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind the community to avoid hazardous seas, until conditions subside. Heed the advice of lifeguards, beach patrol flags, and signs.

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