HAWAII ISLAND – The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a high surf warning, which is in effect from noon today to 6 a.m. HST Saturday.
“Life-threatening surf associated with a large west-northwest swell will build along north and west facing shores, peak today into tonight, then slowly drop through the weekend,” forecasters say. “Surf will likely drop to advisory levels Saturday before dropping below advisory levels by Sunday.”
The warning is specific to west facing shores of the Big Island, where wave heights will grow to 8 to 12 feet.
“Expect ocean water occasionally sweeping across portions of beaches, very strong breaking waves, and strong longshore and rip currents,” the National Weather Service reports. “Breaking waves may occasionally impact harbors making navigating the harbor channel dangerous.”
At 11 a.m. the Hawaii County Civil Defense issued an alert message concerning the high surf warning.
on March 31, 2017
This is a Civil Defense message. This is a High Surf Warning information message for Friday, March 31st at 11 AM.
The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Warning for the west-facing shores of Ka’u, Kona and Kohala effective now through tomorrow morning. A High Surf Warning means there is a significant threat to life and property from dangerous surf. Surf up to 12 feet is forecasted. High surf may coincide with high tides this evening and again early tomorrow morning.
Oceanfront residents, all ocean activities and beachgoers along the affected shores are advised to be on the alert for dangerous surf. Beach or road closures may occur without notice. Exercise caution due to the unpredictability of huge swells and dangerous surf.
Again, the National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Warning for the west-facing shores of Ka’u, Kona and Kohala effective now through tomorrow morning. Thank you; and have a safe day. This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense.