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-Guam Weather Forecast Office, the following advisories remain in effect:

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 by Tuesday.

Rip currents can sweep even the best swimmers away into deeper water. Stay out of the 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 6 p.m. Friday. East to northeast winds of 15 to 25 knots with occasional gusts to 30 knots and combined seas of 8 to 10 feet will build to between 10 and 12 feet by tonight, producing hazardous conditions to 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.

Visit the following links for the latest information:

• www.weather.gov/gum

• www.facebook.com/NWSGuam

• ghs.guam.gov

• www.facebook.com/GHSOCD

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