HIGH SURF WARNING – EAST FACING SHORES OF MAUI & MOLOKAI
EVENTS: The National Weather Service has continued the HIGH SURF WARNING for EAST FACING SHORES of MOLOKAI and MAUI, in effect until 6:00 a.m. Wednesday.
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: Large swells produced by Hurricane Ignacio will produce warning level surf and coastal inundation along east facing shores. This northeast to east swell will continue to turn more northerly through the day. Even as the swell from Ignacio begins to diminish tonight, a new large east swell from distant Hurricane Jimena will maintain surf near warning levels for east facing shores at least through the weekend, and the high surf warning may need to be extended.
Expect surf along east facing shores of Molokai and Maui of 10 to 15.
Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves.
IMPACTS: EXPECT OCEAN WATER SURGING AND SWEEPING ACROSS BEACHES, COASTAL BENCHES AND LAVA FLOWS, CREATINGTHE POTENTIAL FOR IMPACTS TO COASTAL PROPERTIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE, INCLUDING ROADWAYS. POWERFULLONGSHORE AND RIP CURRENTS WILL BE PRESENT AT MOST BEACHES. LARGE BREAKING WAVES AND STRONG CURRENTS MAY IMPACT HARBOR ENTRANCES AND CHANNELS CAUSING CHALLANGING BOAT HANDLING.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: THESE DANGEROUS CONDITIONS MEAN THAT ONLY HIGHLY EXPERIENCED PERSONS SHOULD ENTER THE WATER. INEXPERIENCED PERSONS SHOULD REMAIN OFF BEACHES AND ADJACENT BEACHFRONT AREAS. LARGE BREAKING SURF, SIGNIFICANT SHORE-BREAK AND DANGEROUS CURRENTS, MAKE ENTERING THE WATER VERY HAZARDOUS. ANYONE ENTERING THE WATER COULD FACE SIGNIFICANT INJURY OR DEATH.
INFORMATION: Maui County Civil Defense 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 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 information can be found on the Maui County website at mauicounty.gov.