The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a HIGH SURF ADVISORY for NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES of MOLOKAI and NORTH FACING SHORES of MAUI in effect from 6:00 a.m. Saturday until 6:00 p.m. Sunday.
A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.
EFFECTS: A series of north Pacific low pressure systems has generated a combination of swells that will cross Hawaiian waters from the north to northwest tomorrow. The swell will produce large and hazardous surf this weekend. The mixed direction and surf heights will create chaotic and unpredictable surf conditions. Surf will build quickly Saturday reaching dangerous levels by the afternoon. The highest surf will occur overnight into Sunday morning followed by a slow decrease into Sunday afternoon.
Expect surf of 15 to 20 feet along north facing shores and 8 to 12 feet along west facing shores.
Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: EXPECT STRONG BREAKING WAVES, SHOREBREAK, AND STRONG LONGSHORE AND RIP CURRENTS, MAKING SWIMMING DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS. BEACH GOERS, SWIMMERS AND SURFERS SHOULD HEED ALL ADVICE GIVEN BY OCEAN SAFETY OFFICIALS AND EXERCISE CAUTION.
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.