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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 12, 2019 - 4:02pm HST

High Surf Warning

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Effective: Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 4:02pm to Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 6:00pm

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

.A large northwest swell is forecast to spread down the island chain today, with warning level surf expected along exposed north and west facing shores of the smaller islands and the west facing shores of the Big Island. This swell is forecast to peak tonight and hold through Sunday.

...HIGH SURF WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM HST SUNDAY...

* SURF...30 to 40 feet tonight, lowering to 24 to 34 feet for north and west facing shores of Niihau, Kauai and north facing shores of Oahu, Molokai and Maui. 20 to 30 feet tonight, lowering to 18 to 24 feet Sunday for west facing shores of Oahu and Molokai.

* TIMING...Peaking tonight and decreasing Sunday.

* IMPACTS...Very High...Expect ocean water surging and sweeping across beaches, coastal benches, and 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.

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.

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: 9880
  • kauai
  • oahu
  • maui