NWS: Gusty showers expected; high rip current risk remains

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A surface trough near Guam will bring gusty showers to the area today, mostly for Guam, with showers decreasing farther north, the National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam stated.

Expect drier weather to return by this evening.

In addition, high rip current risk remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan on east-facing reefs of the Mariana Islands until Sunday evening.

NWS also advised that rip currents will likely continue through Sunday and briefly subside Monday, but are expected to return by next Wednesday.

According to NWS, rip currents can sweep even the best swimmers away from shore into deeper water. Inexperienced swimmers should not enter the water. Never swim alone. Swim near a lifeguard. If you are caught in a rip current, relax and float. Don’t swim against the current. Swim in a direction following the shoreline. If unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help.

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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