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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 25, 2023 - 3:34pm HST

High Surf Warning

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Effective: Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - 3:34pm to Thursday, January 26, 2023 - 6:00pm

Alert:
...HIGH SURF WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH 6 PM HST THURSDAY FOR NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES OF NIIHAU KAUAI OAHU MOLOKAI AND FOR NORTH FACING SHORES OF MAUI AND FOR WEST FACING SHORES OF THE BIG ISLAND...

.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.
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: 14421
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