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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 13, 2021 - 3:07pm HST

High Surf Warning

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Effective: Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 12:00am to 6:00pm

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

.A very large northwest swell will roll through the coastal waters tonight and Thursday producing very large surf along north and west facing shores of the smaller islands. The swell will be mostly blocked from reaching the Big Island.

...HIGH SURF WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM THURSDAY...

* WHAT...Dangerously large breaking waves of 20 to 25 feet along north facing shores and 15 to 20 feet along west facing shores.

* WHERE...Portions of Kauai, Maui, Molokai, Niihau and Oahu Hawaii.

* WHEN...From midnight tonight to 6 PM Thursday.

* IMPACTS...High. Expect ocean water occasionally sweeping across portions of beaches, very strong breaking waves, and strong currents. Breaking waves may occasionally impact harbors making navigating the harbor channels dangerous. Anyone entering the water could face significant injury or death. Coastal flooding is possible.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The very large swell will be accompanied by onshore winds making the surf very rough and sloppy. Very high tides will during the late night and early morning hours will increase the amount of wave runup.
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.

Warning Instruction:
Stay well away from the shoreline along the affected coasts. Be prepared for coastal erosion with some waves reaching coastal roads. Mariners should be extra careful entering and leaving harbors.

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: 12538
  • kauai
  • oahu
  • maui