LIHUE — Bryson Worrell of the Eastside said the conditions Tuesday afternoon were better at Kalapaki Beach.
“The waves are breaking about the same at Kealia Beach,” Worrell said. “But the conditions are better at Kalapaki, today. I’m glad I made the trip out.”
Worrell was one of more than a handful of surfers — long boarders, body boarders, and stand up paddlers — enjoying the advisory level surf which broke under clear skies and gentle tradewinds at Kalapaki Beach.
Swells from the south and east, coming on the fringe of Tropical Storm Jimena, generated a high surf advisory from the National Weather Service for waves between 5 through 8 feet on all east and south facing shores through 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The NWS encourages people to heed advice from ocean safety officials and exercise caution. Boaters should expect surfers using harbor channels to access surfing areas.
The northeast swell from Jimena and the south swell will continue to slowly decline leading to a cancellation of the high surf advisory. The Jimena swell will shift out of the north as the storm passes, and a moderate south-southwest swell is expected Sunday.
Tropical Storm Jimena, located 485 miles northeast of Lihue on Tuesday afternoon, is expected to weaken to a tropical depression overnight, and is expected to pass several hundred miles to the north of Kauai between Thursday and Friday.
Very humid conditions with light winds will continue through today as Jimena passes the state. Chances for showers, some may be heavy, will increase as a moist and continued humid southeasterly flow sets up over the state.