The National Weather Service in Honolulu has continued the HIGH SURF WARNING for NORTH FACING SHORES of MAUI and MOLOKAI in effect until 6:00 p.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: The current northwest swell is subsiding, but an even larger northwest swell will reach the Islands tonight and peak on Wednesday.
Surf heights will be 18 to 22 feet today on north facing shores of Molokai and Maui. Surf will rise rapidly tonight to 25 to 35 feet. Surf along the west facing shores of Molokai will be 10 to 15 feet today, rising to 18 to 22 feet tonight. Surf will peak Wednesday then gradually diminish through Thursday. Localized coastal flooding may occur around the time of high tide early Wednesday and Thursday mornings. The most significant impacts are expected early Wednesday.
Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves.
A high tide of approximately 1.7 feet is expected between 2:10 p.m. and 3:28 p.m. this afternoon. The next high tide of approximately 2.8 feet is expected between 3:08 a.m. and 4:26 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.
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.