High-surf warning issued

  • Terry Lilley / Special to The Garden Island file

    Waves crash in at Lumahai Beach recently. The National Weather Service has posted a high-surf warning for all north- and west-facing shores of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau through 6 a.m. Monday.

LIHU‘E — The National Weather Service has issued a high-surf warning for all north-facing shores and a high-surf advisory for all west-facing shores of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau in effect now through 6 a.m. Monday.

According to the NWS, a very-large north-northwest swell was expected to roll in Friday, then quickly build into Saturday. Surf heights are expected to build to 14 to 18 feet by this morning.

Entering the water in these areas during the high-surf warning is very hazardous and could cause serious injury or death. Spectators are also advised to use extreme caution, as large, breaking waves could make it dangerous for those standing along the shoreline.

The warning may be extended or modified as conditions develop. For updated information on ocean and weather alerts, visit the NWS website, weather.gov/hfo.

For up-to-date information about Kaua‘i ocean conditions and ocean safety, speak to a county lifeguard at any lifeguard station, visit hawaiibeachsafety.com, or call the Kaua‘i Fire Department Ocean Safety Bureau at 808-241-4984.

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