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Hawaiian Lifeguard Association

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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: Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 3:24am HST

High Surf Warning

*** START NOTIFICATION ***

Effective: Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 3:24am to 6:00pm

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

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR WEST FACING SHORES OF OAHU AND MOLOKAI...

.A LARGE NORTH NORTHWEST SWELL HAS PEAKED BUT WILL REMAIN LARGE ENOUGH TO PRODUCE DANGEROUS SURF ALONG EXPOSED NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES.

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

* SURF...ALONG NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES OF NIIHAU AND KAUAI...NORTH FACING SHORES OF OAHU MOLOKAI MAUI AND BIG ISLAND...20 TO 25 FEET. WEST FACING SHORES OF MOLOKAI WILL BE AT ADVISORY LEVELS OF 10 TO 15 FEET.

* TIMING...THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS...HIGH...EXPECT OCEAN WATER OCCASIONALLY SWEEPING ACROSS PORTIONS OF BEACHES, VERY STRONG BREAKING WAVES, AND STRONG LONGSHORE AND RIP CURRENTS. BREAKING WAVES MAY OCCASIONALLY IMPACT HARBORS MAKING NAVIGATING THE HARBOR CHANNEL DANGEROUS.
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.

Warning Instruction:
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.

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: 7122
  • kauai
  • oahu
  • maui
  • hawaii