Weather advisories in effect for Marianas; avoid hazardous seas

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(Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense) — According to the National Weather Service-Weather Forecast Office Guam, surf will build along northern and eastern shores this week.

A high surf advisory is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan until 6 a.m. Wednesday. Building trade-wind swell will cause surf to increase through the week. Large breaking waves of 7 to 9 feet are expected along north facing reefs.

A high risk of rip currents is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through late Sunday night. Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore. Dangerous and frequent rip currents are expected along north and east facing reefs.

Rip currents can sweep even the best swimmers away from shore into deeper water. If caught in a rip current, relax and float. Do not swim against the current. If able, swim parallel to the shore and back toward the beach when possible. 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 6 p.m. Saturday. Northeast winds of 15 to 25 knots and combined seas of 8 to 11 feet will produce hazardous conditions for small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions.

An airport wind advisory was in effect for the Guam International Airport until 7 p.m. Tuesday. Winds at 15 to 18 knots with gusts to near 29 knots were expected from the northeast.

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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