The National Weather Service has extended the HIGH SURF ADVISORY for NORTH and WEST FACING SHORES of MOLOKAI and NORTH FACING SHORES of MAUI, now in effect 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: The current northwest swell will decrease today with surf heights briefly dropping below advisory levels, but remaining elevated. Then a reinforcing north northwest swell will rapidly push surf back into advisory levels tonight and continue through Sunday. This large swell will also bring advisory level surf over the west facing shores of Molokai.
Expect surf heights along north facing shores of Molokai and Maui to reach 8 to 12 feet today, rapidly rising to 18 to 22 feet tonight. Expect surf heights along the west facing shore of Molokai to reach 6 to 8 feet today, rising to 8 to 12 feet tonight.
Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves.
IMPACTS: 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. WHEN IN DOUBT…DON’T GO OUT.
INFORMATION: Maui Civil Defense Agency 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.