A high surf warning is in effect for west-facing shores of Hawaii Island through 6 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Honolulu. A high surf advisory is also in effect for the island’s north- and east-facing shores.
Forecasters called for surf ranging in height from 12 to 18 feet along the Kona and Kohala coasts, according to the service. The warning extends south along the Ka‘u coast.
The service categorized the surf’s impact as “extreme,” warning of giant breaking waves and strong currents that will make it dangerous to approach the shoreline as well as harbor entrances. Forecasters also warned that significant coastal inundation may occur possibly resulting in property damage.
Along the island’s north- and east-facing shores, forecasters called for surf ranging in height from 15 to 20 feet.
The service categorized the surf’s impact along north- and east- facing shores as “moderate” and advise the public to expect strong breaking waves and strong rip currents that can make swimming dangerous and heed all advice given by ocean safety officials.
Beachgoers, swimmers and surfers should heed all advice given by ocean safety officials and exercise extreme caution.