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High surf advisory for South, North and East shores of the Big Island

By Hawaii 24/7 Staff

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a High Surf Advisory for South, North and East shores of the Big Island until 6 p.m. Saturday (July 9).

Surf heights of six to eight feet with occasional larger sets are forecast. Dangerous rip currents and localized beach erosion can occur so ocean and beachgoers should use caution.

Small Craft Advisories are also in effect for Maalaea Bay, Pailolo Channel, Alenuihaha Channel, Big Island leeward waters and waters Southeast of the Big Island unti 6 p.m. Saturday.

Two powerful storms East of New Zealand last week are the cause of the large swells. The swells from the second storm, which are potentially larger, are expected to arrive on Friday (July 8) and last through the weekend.

2 Responses to “High surf advisory for South, North and East shores of the Big Island”

  1. Kama says:

    There is no High Surf Advisory for North shores. Please, if your going to post info that has to do with public safety make sure you are giving the right info.

    • Baron says:

      We get the advisories directly from The National Weather Service in Honolulu who specifically lists South Big Island, Big Island North and East. Note that agencies like the National Weather Service, Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and Civil Defense will always err on the side of caution. If you go to our weather page you can get more specific information on wave prediction and links to Surfline forecasts. https://hawaii247.com/weather/

      See NWS information below:

      URGENT – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
      COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
      NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HONOLULU HI
      338 PM HST WED JUL 6 2011

      …HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR SOUTH FACING SHORES…

      .OVERVIEW…TWO LARGE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE SWELLS WILL PRODUCE HIGH SURF ALONG EXPOSED SOUTH FACING SHORES OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS.

      NIIHAU-KAUAI WINDWARD-KAUAI LEEWARD-OAHU SOUTH SHORE- WAIANAE COAST-MOLOKAI LEEWARD-LANAI MAKAI-KAHOOLAWE- MAUI LEEWARD WEST-MAUI CENTRAL VALLEY-LEEWARD HALEAKALA-KONA- SOUTH BIG ISLAND-BIG ISLAND NORTH AND EAST-
      338 PM HST WED JUL 6 2011

      …HIGH SURF ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM HST SATURDAY…

      THE HIGH SURF ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM HST SATURDAY.
      * TIMING…NOW THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON.
      * SURF…6 TO 8 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL LARGER SETS.
      * IMPACTS…LARGE BREAKING WAVES WILL PRODUCE DANGEROUS RIP
      CURRENTS.

      PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

      A HIGH SURF ADVISORY MEANS THAT HIGH SURF WILL AFFECT BEACHES IN THE ADVISORY AREA…PRODUCING RIP CURRENTS AND LOCALIZED BEACH EROSION. INEXPERIENCED SURFERS AND SWIMMERS SHOULD STAY OUT OF THE WATER.

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