Tropical Storm Ela is likely to be downgraded to a tropical depression tonight while still several hundred miles from Hawai’i. At 2 p.m. HST, the storm was about 825 miles east of Hilo, tracking to to the west northwest.
in advance of the system, the National Weather Service has ISSUED a HIGH SURF ADVISORY for East Facing shores, in effect from 6:00 a.m. Friday 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: Swell from tropical storm Ela is expected to produce high surf along east facing shores of all islands from Friday morning through Saturday night. The surf will diminish rapidly late Saturday night as Ela weakens and passes northeast of the area. Expect surf of 6 to 8 feet along east facing shores.
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.
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.
Maui weather guru Glenn James notes that afternoon showers are a strong possibility through the weekend (including a heavy downpour in South Maui around 2 p.m. today), but adds that the system will most likely not have a major effect on island weather. Click here to see the latest animated HD weather radar loop.