Hawaiian Lifeguard Association
National Weather ServiceWeather Forecast Office - Honolulu, HI
County of HawaiʻiFire Department - Ocean Safety Division
City and County of HonoluluEmergency Services Department - Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division
County of KauaʻiFire Department - Ocean Safety Bureau
County of MauiParks and Recreation - Aquatics Division
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - 3:34pm HST
High Surf Warning
Effective: Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - 3:34pm to Thursday, January 26, 2023 - 6:00pm
.An extra large northwest (300-320 degree) swell will continue to move through the island chain tonight and slowly subside Thursday producing extremely dangerous surf and overwash conditions along many north and west facing shorelines.
...HIGH SURF WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM HST THURSDAY...
* WHAT...Dangerously large breaking waves building to 8 to 12 feet.
* WHERE...West facing shores of Kona and Kohala on the Big Island.
* WHEN...Until 6 PM HST Thursday.
* IMPACTS...High. Expect very strong breaking waves and powerful currents. Waves breaking in channel entrances may make navigating the channels dangerous.
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.
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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