POHOIKI, Hawaii – Rocks are strewn across the parking lot at Pohoiki and the berm has eroded away in some spots, but in the water surfers and body boarders are having a great time.
This is the fourth day of the High Surf Warning issued for east facing shores of Hawaii Island. Forecasters say Hurricane Olaf – which at 11 a.m. Saturday was 655 miles east of Hilo – is generating swells that are expected to be 15 to 20 feet along East Hawaii beaches. Olaf’s 110 mph winds rank it as a strong Category Two hurricane.
The storm is moving away from Hawaii, heading north northeast at 8 mph. Olaf is forecast to weaken to a tropical storm by late Sunday.