High Surf Advisory in Effect for Big Island

January 22, 2020, 10:31 AM HST
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The National Weather Service has issued a high surf warning for west-facing shores of Hawai‘i Island from Kohala through Kona to Ka`u Districts through Thursday.

A high surf warning means large breaking surf, shore break and dangerous currents that could cause significant injury or death.

Due to the High Surf Warning, the following are issued:

  • Surf is expected to increase 4 to 8 feet this afternoon and increase to warning levels starting tonight.
  • Expect strong breaking waves, shore break, and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.
  • Beach-goers, swimmers, and surfers should heed all advice given by ocean safety officials and exercise caution.
  • Beaches may be closed without notice.
  • Secure personal property at this time that may become impacted by high surf.


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