High surf, small craft advisories

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(CNMI Emergency Operations Center State Warning Point) — Based on the information received from the National Weather Service, hazardous surf of 7 to 9 feet and dangerous and frequent rip currents are expected along north- and west-facing reefs of the Marianas until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres is advising the general public to avoid venturing out along the reef line, especially along north- and west-facing reefs. Large breaking waves can knock you down. If you become caught in a rip current, remain calm. stay afloat while waiting for help. To swim out of a rip current, swim parallel to shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current as you will tire quickly.

A small craft advisory is also in effect until 6 p.m. Monday due to northeast winds 15 to 25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt and seas 7 to 9 feet.

These conditions will be hazardous to small craft which could be capsized or damaged.

The governor is advising the general public and inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, to avoid sailing in these conditions.

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