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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: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 3:27pm HST

High Surf Warning

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Effective: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 3:27pm to Monday, January 15, 2018 - 6:00am

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

.An extremely large, long-period northwest swell will peak overnight and early Sunday, producing surf well above the warning levels along most north and west facing shores. Surf will likely decline below warning levels on Monday but remain elevated above advisory levels into Tuesday.

...HIGH SURF WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM HST MONDAY...

* SURF...Building to 20 to 30 feet for exposed north facing shores of the Big Island, mainly in the Puna District.

* TIMING...Surf will rapidly build this evening, then hold at warning levels through Sunday night.

* 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.
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. Always heed lifeguard advice and know your limits. When in doubt, do not go out. Surf events of this caliber also have the ability to cause coastal overwash and significant impacts to shorelines, especially those already susceptible to erosion. Greatest impacts will coincide with the high tide occurring early Sunday morning.

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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