East-facing shores closed due to high surf

Ocean Safety officials closed all east-facing shores due to high surf and hazardous ocean conditions. Officials are alerting the public about a strong rip current that is occurring off Nukumoi Point, fronting Poipu Beach.

“A very strong and hazardous rip current has formed as a result of an eroding tombolo, or sand bar, that exists off Poipu Beach,” warns Ocean Safety Captain Randall Ortiz. “As a safety precaution, Poipu lifeguards are prohibiting swimming in this area until conditions improve.”

A High Surf Warning is in effect for all east-facing shores as Tropical Storm Guillermo moves past the island chain. Beachgoers are urged to stay out of the water, and lifeguards will be advising no swimming in these areas until further notice.

For a detailed ocean report, please speak to a lifeguard, www.kauaiexplorer.com, or call the Ocean Safety Bureau at 241-4984.

For updated information on weather advisories, visit the National Weather Service website at www.weather.gov/hawaii. For a detailed ocean report, please speak to a lifeguard, www.kauaiexplorer.com, or call the Ocean Safety Bureau at 241-4984.

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