High Surf Warning Prompts West Hawai’i Beach Closures
The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Warning for West facing shores of the Big Island until 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Forecasters say that 8-12 foot surf, possibly higher in some areas, is expected along the West side of the island. Some of the biggest waves have been reported at beach parks south of Kailua-Kona.
Hawai’i County Civil Defense says that three different beach parks have been closed until further notice, including Kahalu’u Beach, Waiaha Beach Park (also known as Hanl’s), and La’aloa (Magic Sands) Beach Park.
Forecasters say that possible impacts inlcude strong breaking waves and currents, along with seawater possibly sweeping across areas of the beach. Those heading to open beach parks in West Hawai’i are asked to listen to any advice given by Ocean Safety Officials.
A high surf advisory also remains posted for North facing shores until 6 p.m. Wednesday. Surf heights are projected to reach 10-20 feet for the rest of the day with strong breaking waves, shore break, and strong currents.