EVENTS: The National Weather Service in Honolulu has CONTINUED the HIGH SURF WARNING for NORTH and WEST FACING SHORES of MOLOKAI and NORTH FACING SHORES of MAUI, in effect until 6:00 p.m. Friday.
A High Surf Warning means that dangerous, battering waves will pound the shoreline. This will result in very dangerous swimming conditions, and deadly rip currents. However, forecast conditions had not yet been reported by any Maui County beach as of 3 p.m. today. Forecasters say that means the event is still en route to Maui.
EFFECTS: A large northwest swell will bring surf heights well above warning levels through Friday afternoon. The surf will drop below warning levels Friday evening, however will remain elevated above advisory levels Saturday then probably back to warning levels again Sunday.
Surf along north facing shores is building to 25 to 35 feet through the rest of this afternoon and evening. Surf along west facing shores is building to 15 to 25 feet this afternoon and evening.
Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves.
EXPECT OCEAN WATER SURGING AND SWEEPING ACROSS BEACHES AND COASTAL BENCHES CREATING THE POTENTIAL FOR IMPACTS TO COASTAL PROPERTIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE, INCLUDING ROADWAYS.
POWERFUL LONGSHORE AND RIP CURRENTS WILL BE PRESENT AT MOST BEACHES. LARGE BREAKING WAVES AND STRONG CURRENTS MAY IMPACT HARBOR ENTRANCES AND CHANNELS CAUSING CHALLENGING BOAT HANDLING.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: THESE DANGEROUS CONDITIONS MEAN THAT ONLY HIGHLY EXPERIENCED PERSONS SHOULD ENTER THE WATER. INEXPERIENCED PERSONS SHOULD REMAIN OFF BEACHES AND ADJACENT BEACHFRONT AREAS. LARGE BREAKING SURF, SIGNIFICANT SHOREBREAK AND DANGEROUS CURRENTS MAKE ENTERING THE WATER VERY HAZARDOUS. ANYONE ENTERING THE WATER COULD FACE SIGNIFICANT INJURY OR DEATH.
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.