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Hurricane Watch discontinued, High Surf Warning in effect


10 a.m. Hawaii County Civil Defense audio update

The Hurricane Watch in the islands has been discontinued.

Interests in the Hawaiian Islands should continue to monitor the progress of Lester.

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by the National Weather Service office in Honolulu, Hawaii.

At 5 p.m. HST Saturday (Sep 3), the center of Hurricane Lester was located about 240 miles (380 km) north-northwest of Hilo, Hawaii. Lester is moving toward the west-northwest near 17 mph (28 km/h) and this motion is expected to gradually become northwesterly tonight through Monday afternoon.

Maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts. Some weakening is forecast through Monday afternoon.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles (20 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 991 mb (29.27 inches).

High Surf Warning

Weather advisory map via National Weather Service/NOAA

Weather advisory map via National Weather Service/NOAA

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a High Surf Warning for Hawaii Island’s north and east facing shores until 6 a.m. Sunday (Sept 4).

Surf is forecast to be in the 15-25 foot range along explosed eastern facing shores through tonight due to Lester passing north of the island.

Coastal areas can expect strong breaking waves, shore breaks and strong longshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.

Beachgoers, swimmers and surfers should heed the advice given by ocean safety officials and be careful. Know your limits and when in doubt, don’t go out.

Boaters should expect recreational surfers and bodyboarders using harbor channels to access surfing areas.

Flash Flood Warning
A flash flood warning is also in effect for Hawaii Island.


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