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. until 6:00 p.m. WEDNESDAY.
A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.
EFFECTS: The first in a series of large northwest swells will build overnight. This swell will peak on Wednesday with resulting surf around the advisory level. A significantly larger swell due on Thursday will produce surf well in excess of high surf warning levels through Friday, with another large pulse of northwest swell due during the weekend.
Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves.
EXPECT STRONG BREAKING WAVES, SHORE BREAK AND STRONG LONGSHORE AND RIP CURRENTS MAKING SWIMMING DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: BEACHGOERS, SWIMMERS AND SURFERS SHOULD HEED ALL ADVICE GIVEN BY OCEAN SAFETY OFFICIALS AND EXERCISE CAUTION. BOATERS SHOULD EXPECT RECREATIONAL SURFERS UTILIZING HARBOR CHANNELS TO ACCESS SURFING AREAS.
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.