Zoiks! What’s that up in the sky? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It’s the crest of a very large wave and it’s headed this way!
EVENT: The National Weather Service has ISSUED a HIGH SURF WARNING for SOUTH FACING SHORES of MAUI COUNTY in effect until 6:00 am Monday.
The high surf advisory is no longer in effect.
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 south swell will bring warning level surf through tonight along south facing shores of Maui County.
Expect surf along south facing shores of 10 to 15 feet through tonight, decreasing to “only” 8 to 12 feet Monday.
Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves.
IMPACTS: OCEAN WATER MAY OCCASIONALLY SWEEP ACROSS PORTIONS OF BEACHES, VERY STRONG BREAKING WAVES AND STRONG LONGSHORE AND RIP CURRENTS. BREAKING WAVES MAY OCCASIONALLY IMPACT HARBORS MAKING NAVIGATING THE HARBOR CHANNEL DANGEROUS.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: LARGE BREAKING SURF, SIGNIFICANT SHOREBREAK, AND DANGEROUS CURRENTS MAKE ENTERING THE WATER VERY HAZARDOUS. ANYONE ENTERING THE WATER COULD FACE SIGNIFICANT INJURY OR DEATH. BOATERS SHOULD BE AWARE OF AN INCREASED NUMBER OF SURFERS AND BODY BOARDERS UTILIZING THE HARBOR CHANNEL 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 1-866-944-50251-866-944-5025 FREE. 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.