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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: Thursday, November 24, 2022 - 3:15am HST

High Surf Warning

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Effective: Thursday, November 24, 2022 - 3:15am to Friday, November 25, 2022 - 6:00am

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

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR WEST FACING SHORES OF NIIHAU KAUAI OAHU MOLOKAI...

.A large north swell will build tonight into Thanksgiving Day. This swell will produce High to XL size surf along the north- facing shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai and Maui through Thanksgiving night. West-facing shores exposed to large north swell will also experience a significant rise in surf from north wrap. The swell coincides with strong to gale force northeast winds, as well as a spring high tide during early Thursday and Friday mornings. This will likely result in significant overwash issues within a large wave run up along north-facing shorelines.

...HIGH SURF WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM HST FRIDAY...

* WHAT...Dangerously large breaking waves of 20 to 30 feet along north-facing shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai and Maui.

* WHERE...North-facing shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui. Areas exposed to north swells on other shorelines should see a significant rise in surf.

* WHEN...Until 6 AM HST Friday.

* IMPACTS...High. Expect very strong breaking waves and powerful currents. Waves breaking in channel entrances may make navigating the channels dangerous. Significant overwash issues over low-lying roadways and beach erosion will occur with the large wave run up along north-facing shores.
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 away from the shoreline along the affected coasts. Be prepared for road closures. Postpone entering or leaving channels affected by the high surf until the surf subsides.

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: 14087
  • oahu
  • maui