OCEAN NOT SAFE: Stay out of the water!

JIC News Release No. 10

July 11, 2014, ​7:08 p.m.

Guam will see hazardous surf of 12 to 15 feet

​Please do not go into our beaches, bays, lagoons, rivers, streams, waterfalls, and even the shoreline. ​The approaching storm is causing violent waves, surges, and surfs up to 15 feet high – even the best swimmers cannot survive that force of water.​

​We won’t be out of the woods when the storm passes, either. Our waters ​will become more hazardous when Tropical Storm 9w passes on Saturday. The National Weather Service reports that brief coastal inundation up to 2 feet is possible, especially around the time of high tide at 6:15 a.m.  NWS also expects high surf conditions of 12 to 15 feet during the height of the storm.

Heavy rainfall of 3 to 6 inches is also expected.

Local flooding is possible as the storm approaches Guam. Be aware of any standing water. Avoid low-lying areas, as flash flooding is likely to occur with the approaching storm.  Seek higher ground or go to a designated shelter if you are concerned about flooding in your home.

DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED AREAS. The water can be deeper than you think and your car may stall. If your call stalls, leave it and move to higher ground. Never walk through flowing water.

Make sure you have everything you need before departing. Flooding and changing storm conditions may make it difficult for you to get home immediately.


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