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High Surf Warning in effect for Hawaii Island

Weather advisory map via National Weather Service/NOAA

Weather advisory map via National Weather Service/NOAA

Hawaii County Civil Defense audio message

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has extended the High Surf Warning for the north and east shores of Hawaii Island until 6 a.m. this Wednesday (Nov 9).

Surf is forecast to be in the 18-25 foot range along north facing shores.

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

Due to dangerous surf conditions, the following Beach Parks remain closed:

  • Richardson Beach Park
  • Leleiwi Beach Park
  • Carlsmith Park
  • James Kealoha Park
  • Onekahakaha Park

Expect ocean water occasionally sweeping across portions of beaches, very strong breaking waves and strong longshore and rip currents. Breaking waves may occasionally impact harbors making navigating the harbor channel dangerous.

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

These dangerous conditions mean that only highly experienced persons should enter the water. Inexperienced persons should remain off beaches and adjacent beachfront areas. Large breaking surf…significant shorebreak…and dangerous currents make entering the water very hazardous. Anyone entering the water could face significant injury or death.

A Small Craft Advisory is also in effect for the Alenuihaha Channel and Hawaii Island windward waters until 6 p.m. Wednesday. The forecast is for east winds 10-14 knots, seas 10-15 feet tonight decreasing to 9-12 feet Wednesday.

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