The National Weather Service has continued the HIGH SURF ADVISORY for NORTH FACING SHORES of MAUI and NORTH & WEST FACING SHORES of MOLOKAI, in effect until 6:00 a.m. Sunday. Click the video thumbnail for a scene at Kamaole Beach Park I this morning. Mahalo to Nick Hau’oli for the footage.
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 dominated by short and medium period energy will produce rough surf along most north and west facing shores of the smaller islands into Sunday. Surf will be at border line advisory levels tonight with a new pulse of swell expected to boost surf slightly on Saturday.
Surf along north facing shores of Molokai and Maui will be rising to 10 to 15 feet tonight and 12 to 16 feet Saturday. Along the west facing shores of Molokai surf is expected to peak at 8 to 12 feet. Expect surf to remain elevated through early Sunday.
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. BOATERS SHOULD EXPECT RECREATIONAL SURFERS UTILIZING HARBOR CHANNELS 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 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.