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High Surf Advisory to Begin Oct. 19 PM

October 19, 2018, 8:01 AM HST
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The National Weather Service issued a High Surf Advisory at 3:16 a.m., Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, for the south-facing shores of all islands. The advisory is in effect from 6 p.m. Oct. 19 to 6 p.m. Oct. 22.

A powerful storm in the southern hemisphere generated a long-period south swell will begin to arrive on Friday, and then peak over the weekend. The swell will remain elevated through Monday, then
gradually diminish.

Maui County areas covered in the advisory include West Maui, leeward and windward Maui, Maui’s Central Valley and windward and leeward Haleakalā, windward and leeward Moloka‘i, makai Lāna‘i and Kaho‘olawe.

SURF: increasing to 8 to 12 feet, with locally higher sets possible.

TIMING: gradually building today and tonight, and peaking over the weekend.


IMPACTS: Moderate; expect strong breaking waves, shore break, and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.



Beachgoers, swimmers, and surfers should heed all advice given by ocean safety officials and exercise caution. Know your limits and seek ocean recreation areas best suited for your abilities. Boaters should expect recreational surfers and body boarders utilizing harbor channels to access surfing areas.

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