Articles: Marshall Islands: High Surf and Coastal Inundation Projected

Contributed by YokweOnline on Feb 08, 2012 - 06:33 PM

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The U.S. National Weather Service released warnings on Wednesday and Thursday of coast hazards for the Marshall Islands and much of Micronesia. A high surf warning is in effect Thursday, February 8, for east facing reefs in Majuro as dangerous surf develops to heights of 13-15 feet.

Coastal inundation up to 3 feet is expected during times of the very high King Tides with flooding and debris on roads. Ocean facing shorelines are vulnerable to inundation and erosion.

Surf heights will remain at these levels through Friday night. Levels are expected to fall one to three feet by Saturday but will remain hazardous through late Sunday.

A high tide of 5.4 feet will occur at 5:17 p.m. lst this afternoon. A high tide of 4.7 feet will occur at 5:38 a.m. LST Friday morning and 5.3 feet at 5:50 p.m. LST Friday afternoon.

The Weather Service advises Marshall Islands residents to delay inter-island travel by boat until the winds and seas subside. All people in the Marshall Islands should stay alert to further local notices from officials and the National Weather Service.

The Northwest Pacific, including the Micronesia region, has been impacted by large east-northeast swells generated by strong trade-winds during the ongoing weak to moderate La Nina. The high tide conditions coincide with King Tide water levels.

- Yokwe Online, February 8, 2012

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