Avoid hazardous seas; NWS advisories in effect

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A high surf advisory remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan until 6 p.m. this evening. Large breaking waves of 7 to 9 feet along north facing reefs are expected. Large breaking waves can knock you down and cause serious injury.

The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam advised a large trade-wind swell will maintain hazardous surf for the Marianas.

The following advisories remain in effect:

A high surf advisory remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through Monday night. Hazardous surf of 7 to 9 feet along north facing reefs and 10 to 12 feet for east-facing reefs is expected for the Marianas.

A high risk of rip currents is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through Wednesday 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.

Inexperienced swimmers should not enter the water. 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. Rip currents are life-threatening.

A small craft advisory remains in effect through Sunday night for the coastal waters of Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Northeast winds of 20 to 25 knots and combined seas of 10 to 12 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 (GHS/OCD) remind the community to avoid north and east-facing reefs and beaches until hazardous conditions subside. Heed the advice of lifeguards, beach patrol flags, and signs. Rip currents are life-threatening.

Visit the following links for the latest information:
· NWS Website: https://www.weather.gov/gum/
· NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/
· GHS/OCD Website: https://ghs.guam.gov/
· GHS/OCD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GHSOCD/

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