The National Weather Service has continued the HIGH SURF WARNING for NORTH and WEST FACING SHORES of MOLOKAI and NORTH FACING SHORES of MAUI until 6:00 p.m. Wednesday.
A High Surf Warning means that dangerous, battering waves will pound the shoreline. This will result in very dangerous swimming conditions, and deadly rip currents.
EFFECTS: A large northwest swell will affect most north and west facing shores of the Island chain through Wednesday. Gusty west winds will cause rough conditions across most of these same shorelines through this evening.
Surf along the north facing shores of Molokai and Maui will reach 20 to 30 feet and 15 to 25 feet along west facing shores of Molokai through Wednesday.
Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves.
IMPACTS: EXPECT OCEAN WATER OCCASSIONALY SWEEPING ACROSS PORTIONS OF BEACHES, VERY STRONG BREAKING WAVES AND STRONG LONG SHORE AND RIP CURRENTS.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: THESE DANGEROUS CONDITIONS MEAN THAT ONLY HIGHLY EXPERIENCED PERSONS SHOULD ENTER THE WATER. INEXPERIENCED PERSONS SHOULD REMAIN OFF BEACHES AND ADJACENT BEACHFRONT AREAS. LARGE BREAKING SURF, SIGNIFICANT SHORE BREAK AND DANGEROUS CURRENTS MAKE ENTERING THE WATER VERY HAZARDOUS. ANYONE ENTERING THE WATER COULD FACE SIGNIFICANT INJURY OR DEATH.
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 FREE. 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.