(BIVN) – A gusty, north-northeast flow is producing advisory level winds over the Big Island today, a High Surf Advisory is in effect for east facing shores, and a Brown Water Advisory has been issued at Hilo Bay to Honoliʻi.
“High winds and rough ocean conditions have resulted in re-suspension of sediments causing turbid conditions in the coastal waters,” the Hawaiʻi Department of Health stated on Monday afternoon. “The public is advised to stay out of turbid waters due to the possible presence of land-based pollutants including pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens, chemicals, and associated debris. Not all coastal areas may be impacted, however, if the water is brown stay out. Continue to practice good personal hygiene and follow-up with your primary care physician if you have any health concerns.”
A Marine Weather Statement was issued by the National Weather Service for Hilo Harbor, where there will be the potential for surges in portions of the harbor now through early Wednesday. “In addition to surges, breaking waves are possible near the harbor entrance,” forecasters say. “Mariners should exercise caution when entering or leaving port and when mooring or launching vessels.”
Surf heights will be 7 to 10 feet along east-facing shores, forecasters say.
The Wind Advisory is in effect for most of Hawaiʻi Island. North to northeast winds will be 25 to 30 mph with localized gusts to around 50 mph. At the summits, a High Wind Warning remains in effect, where winds are expected to be at least 56 mph with gusts over 66 mph.