The National Weather Service has issued a HIGH SURF ADVISORY for NORTH FACING SHORES of MAUI and NORTH and WEST FACING SHORES of MOLOKAI, in effect from 6:00 a.m. Thursday until 6:00 a.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: A northwest swell will build on Thursday. The combination of the swell and fresh westerly winds will produce rough surf along most north and west facing shores through Friday. Additional pulses of northwest swell will maintain large surf into the weekend.
Expect surf of 12 to 16 feet along north facing shores and surf of 8 to 12 feet along the west facing shores of Molokai. Surf will rise on Thursday and peak early Friday. Another pulse of swell is expected on Saturday.
Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: EXPECT STRONG BREAKING WAVES, SHORE BREAK, AND STRONG LONGSHORE AND RIP CURRENTS, MAKING SWIMMING DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS. BEACHGOERS, SWIMMERS, AND SURFERS SHOULD HEED ALL ADVICE GIVEN BY OCEAN SAFETY OFFICIALS AND EXERCISE CAUTION. KNOW YOUR LIMITS. 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.