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High Surf Expected on Maui & Molokai

September 24, 2009, 11:34 AM HST
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The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a High Surf Advisory for the North Facing Shores of Maui and Molokai and the West Facing Shores of Molokai from 6 p.m. this evening (Thursday, September 24, 2009) until 6 a.m. Saturday, September 26, 2009.

Photo by Wendy Osher.

Photo by Wendy Osher.

A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.   The northwest swell was generated by a pacific storm, former Typhoon Choi-Wan, which is moving in today and will reach advisory level tonight.

Surf will rise to heights of 12 to 15 feet on north facing shores of Molokai and Maui tonight and to heights of 8 to 12 feet on west facing shores of Molokai tonight.

Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves.  A high tide of approximately 2.1 feet is expected between 8:57 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Precautionary measures:  Beach goers are urged to stay out of the water and well away from the shore break due to the hazardous wave action and strong rip currents.


Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200.


(Posted by Wendy Osher; Information provided by Maui County Civil Defense)

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