A small craft advisory is in effect for Hawaii Island waters, according to National Weather Service forecasters in Honolulu.
The advisory lasts until 6 a.m. Tuesday for leeward, southeast and windward waters as well as the Alenuihaha Channel, according to the service.
Forecasters are calling for east winds to 30 knots — or about 34 mph — and rough seas of 14 feet, according to the service. The winds are forecast to reach gale strength today.
A small craft advisory means that wind speeds of 25 knots to 33 knots and/or seas of 10 feet or greater are expected to produce conditions hazardous to small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid navigating in these conditions, according to the service.