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UPDATE: High Surf & Wind for Hawai‘i Island

December 5, 2017, 12:02 PM HST
* Updated December 5, 2:54 PM
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UPDATE: 2:30. p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Warning for north-facing shores of Hawai‘i Island today through tomorrow. A High Surf Warning means there is a high threat to life and property from the surf.

Surf along north-facing shores of North Kohala and Hāmākua may be affected today through tomorrow. The highest threat will coincide with the high tides, which occur at 4 p.m. today and 5:30 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Due to the High Surf Warning, the following are in effect:

  • Oceanfront residents and beachgoers along the affected shores are advised to be on the alert for high and dangerous surf.
  • Boat owners and oceanfront residents should take action to secure their property before nightfall.
  • Closures of roads and beaches may occur without notice.

The National Weather Service has also issued a High Wind Advisory for Hawai‘i Island.

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A High Wind Advisory means winds of 20 to 35 mph with gusts of 50 mph are expected through tonight.

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Due to the High Wind Advisory, the following advisories are issued:

Secure all items that may be affected by high winds. Complete precautionary actions before nightfall.

Be especially cautions of holiday decorations being affected.

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Do be aware of the possibility of utility services being affected. Power and phone outages are occurring.

The Hawai‘i Police Department reports downed trees in Puna, Hilo and South Kohala are already occurring.

Motorists be on the alert for debris on the roadways caused by high winds.

ORIGINAL POST

A High Surf and High Wind Warnings have been issued on Tuesday morning, Dec. 5, 2017, at 11:45 a.m. for north-facing shores of Hawai‘i Island today through tomorrow.

A High Surf Warning means there is a high threat to life and property from the surf.

North shore surf is forecast to build up to 25 feet tonight, then up to 30 feet tomorrow. The highest threat will coincide with the high tides, which occur at 4 p.m. today and 5:30 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Due to the High Surf Warning, the following are in effect:

  • Oceanfront residents and beachgoers along the affected shores are advised to be on the alert for high and dangerous surf.
  • Boat owners and oceanfront residents should take action to secure their property before nightfall.
  • Closures of roads and beaches may occur without notice.
  • The National Weather Service has also issued a High Wind Advisory for Hawaii Island. A High Wind
  • Advisory means objects that are outdoors should be secured and caution should be taken if driving.

Trade winds are forecast between 20 and 35 mph, with gusts up to 50 miles per hour through tonight.

The highest winds are expected for the areas of Kawaihae, Hawi, Keahole North Kona, South Point and Cape Kumukahi. Other areas may also experience high winds, and, power outages may occur.

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