By Jeff King
Forecasters are stymied and conflicted about three Central Pacific weather systems that seem to be “going the wrong way.” Even if they are, there is concern that heavy weather may befall Maui and the entire state this weekend and early next week. In addition – surf approaching 20 feet is expected along north and east shores.
The National Weather Service (NWS) briefed Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) this afternoon, along with federal, state, and local emergency management partners about multiple weather systems in the Central Pacific likely to impact the state over the weekend and into the week ahead.
The National Weather Service has continued the HIGH SURF ADVISORY for North & East Facing shores of MOLOKAI and MAUI, 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 large north-northeast swell will bring elevated and rough surf along north and east facing shores this evening through Sunday. Surf along north facing shores will increase to 10 to 15 feet this evening, then rise to 15 to 20 feet Saturday. Surf along east facing shores will increase to 4 to 8 feet this evening, then rise to 6 to 10 feet Saturday then declining Saturday night. 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.