NWS advisories in effect; avoid hazardous seas

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A high risk of rip currents is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. (PNC file photo)

The National Weather Service (NWS), Guam Weather Forecast Office has the following advisories in effect:

A high risk of rip currents is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through Sunday afternoon. Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore. Dangerous rip currents are expected along east facing reefs. On some beaches, such as Ritidian and Gun Beach, the high risk of rip currents could extend to north-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. Rip currents are life-threatening.

A small craft advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. this evening for the coastal waters of Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. East winds of 15 to 20 knots with gusts to 30 knots and seas of 6 to 8 feet will produce hazardous conditions to small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions.

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.

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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