HONOLULU – The National Weather Service
in Honolulu advised the city’s Department of Emergency Management (DEM) during a statewide Video Teleconference (VTC) call this afternoon that O’ahu and the rest of the state can expect a period of extremely hazardous high-surf and possibly damaging coastal inundation to impact our northern and western shores beginning Sunday morning.
“While we do not expect to see wind impacts experienced during the February storm, forecasted surf heights and higher than normal tides could compound problems for beachgoers and residents on our northern and western shores,” said Hiro Toiya, director of Emergency Management. “The northwest swell on Sunday is forecast to peak on O‘ahu in the 35’ to 55’ range by midday and high-surf of this magnitude can be deadly and extremely destructive. In addition, because of onshore winds, conditions will not be favorable for surfing. The Honolulu Department of Emergency Management strongly urges all residents, visitors and ocean and beach goers to avoid affected north and west shores until this high-surf event subsides, and to heed the instructions of Ocean Safety lifeguards, other first responders, and law enforcement personnel. Lastly, residents living along affected shorelines should monitor conditions closely and be prepared for any emergency.”
Residents and visitors transiting along coastal roads and highways should be careful of sand and seawater that may suddenly wash across roadways. All beachgoers along affected shorelines need to exercise extreme caution.
DO NOT ENTER THE WATER OR GO NEAR THE OCEAN. If you have a high-surf related emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately.
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