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Hawaiian Lifeguard Association

on behalf of

National Weather Service

Weather Forecast Office - Honolulu, HI

County of Hawaiʻi

Fire Department - Ocean Safety Division

City and County of Honolulu

Emergency Services Department - Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division

County of Kauaʻi

Fire Department - Ocean Safety Bureau

County of Maui

Parks and Recreation - Aquatics Division

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, February 11, 2019 - 3:13am HST

High Surf Warning

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Effective: Monday, February 11, 2019 - 3:13am to 6:00pm

Alert:
...HIGH SURF WARNING FOR NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES OF KAUAI NIIHAU OAHU AND MOLOKAI AND FOR NORTH FACING SHORES OF MAUI AND THE BIG ISLAND...

... HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR WEST FACING SHORES OF THE BIG ISLAND...

.Surf is expected to peak today along north facing shores of the Big Island as a low pressure system passes 200 miles north of the Big Island this morning. For rest of the state, the large northwest swell will steadily drop through the day today as the low moves off to the east. For west facing shores of the Big Island, a combination of windswell and the declining long-period northwest swell will produce advisory level surf today.

...HIGH SURF WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM HST THIS EVENING...

* SURF...25 to 35 feet this morning, lowering to 20 to 25 feet late this afternoon along north and west facing shores of Niihau and Kauai, and north facing shores of Oahu, Molokai and Maui. 18 to 25 feet this morning, lowering to 12 to 20 feet this afternoon along exposed west facing shores of Oahu and Molokai.

* TIMING...Through Monday afternoon.

* IMPACTS...Very High...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 challenging boat handling. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Large breaking surf, significant shorebreak, and dangerous currents make entering the water very hazardous. Anyone entering the water could face significant injury or death. Boaters should be aware of an increased number of surfers and body boarders utilizing the harbor channel to access surfing areas.&&
Description:

A High Surf Warning is issued when waves reach threshold criteria for a particular island and shoreline. High Surf Warnings may be issued up to 24 hours ahead of the arrival of the swell and may remain in effect for several days.

Unmonitored lands and waters in the impact area described in the alert will also be impacted.

If conditions change before expiration or the event needs to be extended, an update or cancellation will be issued from Hawaii Beach Safety Website.

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Alert Identifier: 10043
  • kauai
  • oahu
  • maui