The National Weather Service has continued the HIGH SURF ADVISORY for NORTH & WEST FACING SHORES of MOLOKAI and NORTH FACING SHORES of MAUI, in effect until 6:00 p.m. Sunday.
A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, pro-ducing rip currents and localized beach erosion.
EFFECTS: A new large northwest swell will build across the Hawaiian coastal waters today, pushing surf along most north and west facing shores of the smaller islands well above advisory levels. The swell will build further tonight, and remain large through
Sunday. The advisory may need to be upgraded to a warning later today or tonight for north and west facing shores. An advisory may also be needed for east facing shores of all islands.
Expect surf along north facing shores of Molokai and Maui building to 18 to 22 feet and along west facing shores of Molokai building to 12 to 16 feet today. An additional rise is expected tonight, possibly to warning levels.
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: LARGE BREAKING SURF, SIGNIFICANT SHOREBREAK, AND DANGEROUS CURRENTS MAKE ENTERING THE WATER VERY HAZARDOUS. ANYONE ENTERING THE WATER COULD FACE SIGNIFICANT INJURY OR DEATH. BOATERS SHOULD BE AWARE OF AN INCREASED NUMBER OF SURFERS UTILIZING THE HARBOR CHANNEL TO ACCESS SURFING AREAS.
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.