The National Weather Service has extended the HIGH SURF ADVISORY for NORTH & WEST FACING SHORES of MOLOKAI and NORTH FACING SHORES of MAUI, now in effect until 6:00 p.m. Thursday
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 northwest swells will produce elevated surf along most north and west facing shores of the smaller islands through Thursday. Surf will steadily rise overnight and will be above advisory levels on Tuesday. The swell will build further Tuesday night, bringing surf to around warning levels on Wednesday. A slow decline is expected on Thursday.
Expect surf heights along north facing shores of Molokai and Maui of 15 to 20 feet, and along west facing shores of Molokai of 10 to 15 feet, building tonight through Tuesday. An additional rise is expected Tuesday night, possibly to warning levels for Wednesday.
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.