EVENT: The National Weather Service has CONTINUED the HIGH SURF ADVISORY for SOUTH FACING SHORES of MAUI COUNTY in effect from 6 a.m., Saturday through 6 a.m., Monday.
A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.
EFFECTS: A slow moving storm that was located just east of New Zealand earlier this week generated a large south-southwest swell that will build during the next 24 hours. Surf is expected to exceed the south shore advisory level by Saturday morning and remain high into Monday.
Expect surf along south facing shores to reach 6 to 10 feet. Surf will begin building tonight and peak during the weekend.
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.