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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: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 3:03am HST

High Surf Warning

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Effective: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 3:03am to Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 6:00pm

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

.A long-period northwest swell will build through the day, peak tonight and early Thursday at dangerously high levels, then gradually diminish late Thursday and Friday.

...HIGH SURF WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM HST THURSDAY...

* WHAT...Surf building to 4 to 8 feet this afternoon, increasing to 8 to 12 feet tonight and Thursday.

* WHERE...West facing shores of the Big Island.

* WHEN...Until 6 PM HST Thursday.

* 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.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...There will likely be long lulls between the sets of larger waves as the swell builds later today. Don`t be caught off guard when larger waves arrive suddenly.
Notes (optional):

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.

Instruction:
Large, breaking surf, significant shorebreak, and dangerous currents make entering the water very hazardous.

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: 11275
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