The National Weather Service in Honolulu has continued the HIGH SURF WARNING for NORTH FACING SHORES of MAUI and MOLOKAI in effect from 10:00 a.m. this morning until 6:00 a.m. Thursday.
A High Surf Warning indicates that dangerous, battering waves will pound the shoreline. This will result in very dangerous swimming conditions, and deadly rip currents.
EFFECTS: A giant northwest swell will reach the Islands later this morning.
Surf heights will be 25 to 35 feet along north facing shores. Surf will increase dramatically this afternoon and will peak Wednesday morning. Warning level surf will remain through Wednesday night.
Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves.
A high tide of approximately 1.5 feet is expected between 10:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. this morning. The next high tide of approximately 2.2 feet is expected between 12:48 a.m. and 2:06 a.m. tomorrow morning.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: BEACH GOERS ARE URGED TO STAY OUT OF THE WATER AND WELL AWAY FROM THE SHORE BREAK DUE TO THE HAZARDOUS WAVE ACTION AND STRONG RIP CURRENTS. WAVE RUN-UP IS POSSIBLE ALONG LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS. THIS THREAT IS GREATEST DURING THE HIGH TIDE NEAR MIDNIGHT.
INFORMATION: Maui County Civil Defense will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts for any updates. NOAA Weather Broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather Internet services can be found at www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl.
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200. The same information is available on the Maui County website at www.mauicounty.gov.