EVENT: The National Weather Service has ISSUED a HIGH SURF ADVISORY for EAST FACING SHORES of MOLOKAI and the ISLAND OF MAUI in effect from midnight tonight until noon Thursday.
A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.
EFFECTS: East swell generated by Tropical Storm Guillermo currently affecting the Big Island and Maui, will build as it spreads across the island chain tonight and Wednesday. East shore surf is expected to peak late tonight and early Wednesday on the Big Island and Maui, and late Wednesday for Molokai. Expect surf up to 5 feet through the evening, increasing to 6 to 10 feet late tonight and Wednesday, then declining Thursday. 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: BEACHGOERS, SWIMMERS, AND SURFERS SHOULD HEED ALL ADVICE GIVEN BY OCEAN SAFETY OFFICIALS AND EXERCISE CAUTION. BOATERS SHOULD EXPECT RECREATIONAL 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.