Trade wind swell creates dangerous surf and strong rip currents; NWS advisories in effect

A high surf advisory is now in effect for Guam. (PNC file photo)

The National Weather Service in Tiyan is warning that a trade wind swell has created dangerous surf and strong rip currents.

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

Rip currents are life-threatening and can sweep even the best swimmers out to sea. Inexperienced swimmers should not enter the water. Avoid the reef line, especially along east facing reefs. Never swim alone. If caught in a rip current, yell for help. Remain calm and stay afloat while waiting for help. If swimming 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.

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind the community to avoid east-facing reefs and beaches until hazardous conditions subside. Heed the advice of lifeguards, beach patrol flags, and signs. Rip currents are life-threatening.

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