Hurricane Olaf may be “waving” aloha” as he turns north – but the waves he’s leaving behind don’t appear to be genuine gifts of aloha.
EVENTS: The National Weather Service has ISSUED a HIGH SURF WARNING for EAST FACING SHORES of MAUI, in effect until 6:00 p.m. Saturday.
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.
In addition, a South Shore High Surf Advisory is in effect for the “wrap-around” sets.
Remember Rule 1: “Don’t EVER turn your back on the ocean.
EFFECTS: An east-southeast swell from Hurricane Olaf, will produce hazardous surf on the east-facing shores of Maui through most of the weekend. Elsewhere, a long period south swell will bring advisory level surf to south facing shores of the state through tonight.
Expect surf of 12 to 18 feet.
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, CREATING THE POTENTIAL FOR IMPACTS TO COASTAL PROPERTIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE, INCLUDING ROADWAYS. POWERFUL LONGSHORE 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.