(Big Island Video News) KONA, Hawaii – The National Weather Service says a very large west-northwest swell will continue to bring dangerous surf to many areas of the Hawaiian Islands. There is the potential for damaging waves. “Due to the westerly component of the swell,” forecasters wrote in an early morning message, “large surf will impact areas that are not normally affected by winter swells, including the west facing shores of Lanai and the Big Island and some south shorelines with westerly exposure.”
- A High Surf Warning is in effect and has been extended for the West facing shores of Hawaii Island through 6:00 pm tomorrow, Friday January 23rd.
- Dangerous surf conditions continue to be observed and reported across areas of West Hawaii, civil defense says. Surf heights of 15 to 20 feet are forecasted.
- Run up and surge on Alii Drive and Puako Beach Drive has been reported. Civil defense says residents along the coast and in low lying areas are advised to take necessary precautions and motorists are advised to be prepared for possible debris and ponding on coastal roadways.
- Beaches remains closed: Laaloa or Magic Sands in Kona, Kahaluu Beach in Kona, Kohanaiki Beach in Kona, Ooma, Old Airport Park, Hapuna Beach, Kaunaoa (Mauna Kea Beach) and Mahukona Park