EVENT: The National Weather Service has EXTENDED the HIGH SURF ADVISORY for SOUTH FACING SHORES OF MAUI COUNTY, now in effect until 4:00 p.m. this afternoon.
A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.
EFFECTS: A lingering south southwest swell will impact south facing shores of the main Hawaiian Islands through much of today. This swell will gradually decrease during the day, with resulting surf on south facing shores dropping below advisory levels by late this afternoon.
Expect surf of 5 to 8 feet along south facing shores, slowly diminishing during the day.
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: KNOW YOUR LIMITS AND SEEK OCEAN RECREATION AREAS BEST SUITED FOR YOUR ABILITIES. BEACHGOERS, SWIMMERS AND SURFERS SHOULD HEED ALL ADVICE GIVEN BY OCEAN SAFETY OFFICIALS AND EXERCISE CAUTION. BOATERS SHOULD EXPECT SURFERS AND BODY BOARDERS 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 Radio for any updates. NOAA Weather broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather internet services can be found at www.weather.gov/hawaii.
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200. This same notification can be found on the Maui County website at www.mauicounty.gov.