By Jeff King
Folks, at Maui TV News, we investigate the news and report the facts. Then we tell you the stuff we find out about. However, the latest alert from the National Weather Service sort of defies definition. The following is ver batim:
HIGH SURF ADVISORY – EAST FACING SHORES of WEST MAUI
EVENT: The National Weather Service has ISSUED a HIGH SURF ADVISORY for EAST FACING SHORES of WEST MAUI, in effect until 6:00 p.m. Saturday.
A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.
(Sources have not responded to our request as to exactly where the east facing shores of West Maui can be found. But whatever you do…please be wary.)
EFFECTS: Swells from Hurricane Olaf will produce hazardous surf on Maui into the week-end. The large surf will spread across the rest of the main Hawaiian Islands by Saturday. Expect surf of 5 to 10 feet tonight.
There is also a High Surf Advisory in effect for south facing shores and a High Surf Warning for the east facing shores of Maui.
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 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 mauicounty.gov.
Wherever that happens to be…oh, please be careful!