Maui County has issued a special weather statement warning of extreme humidity and nearly stagnant air this weekend. The “feels like” temperature index could reach 100 degrees.
In addition, what’s left of former tropical cyclone Ela has sent large surf to east shores (see below).
As Ela fades, two significant tropical systems are brewing up south of Hawai’i. Tropical Storm Halola is moving westward – about 1,400 miles southwest of Honolulu. Tropical Depression 2-C, on the other hand, is affecting the state. Moisture sheared off the top of the storm is funneling toward the center of the state. Most notably, O’ahu is getting drenched. If that system continues to gain strength, she would be named Iune – the third named storm of the 2015 Central Pacific Hurricane season.
EVENT: The National Weather Service has continued the HIGH SURF ADVISORY for East Facing shores, in effect 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 swell from former Tropical Cyclone Ela will continue to produce high surf along east facing shores through tonight. The surf will diminish rapidly on Sunday.
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.