(UPDATE) – The National Weather Service has downgraded the High Surf Warning for Hawai‘i Island to a High Surf Advisory.
Hawai‘i County Civil Defense says Bayfront Highway and Kalanianaole Ave. are open in both directions at this time.
Hilo Bayfront, Reeds Bay, Kuhio, and Kealoha County Beaches are open at this time. All other County Beaches in Keaukaha remain closed due to debris, flooding, and maintenance crews conducting clean-up.
(BIVN) – Warning level surf currently impacting Hawaii Island is expected to subside this morning by 10 a.m., forecasters say.
The National Weather Service in Honolulu said this morning:
The above normal north swell continues to subside, and has decreased to below advisory levels. Therefore, the high surf advisory for the north facing shores for Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai and Maui is canceled. The high surf warning for the north facing shores of the Big Island remains in effect to until 10 am HST today, and a high surf advisory remains in effect for the east facing shores of the smaller islands remains in effect to 6 pm HST Sunday.
Forecasters say surf is 20 to 25 feet along north facing shores, and 10 to 15 feet along east facing shores. An elevated north swell combined with strong trade winds are producing rough and varied surf along exposed shorelines on Hawaii Island.
The high surf closed all Keaukaha-area beach parks on Thanksgiving Day and the parks have been closed since.
A Wind Advisory remains in effect this morning for the Kohala region of Hawaii Island, as well. Northeast winds of 25 to 35 mph with localized gusts up to 50 mph are possible.