National Weather Service cancels high surf advisory for portions of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau
Update at 7:37 a.m. Dec. 31: The National Weather Service in Honolulu reports that surf has fallen below advisory levels. The high surf advisory that was in effect for north- and west-facing shores of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau has been canceled.
Update at 4:33 p.m. Dec. 30: The high surf advisory issued for north- and west-facing shores of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau has been extended until 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31.
The National Weather Service in Honolulu said Friday afternoon that the west-northwest swell causing the high surf has peaked, but it will continue to maintain advisory level surf for exposed north and west shores of the state through Saturday afternoon as the swell slowly subsides.
Original story: The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a high surf advisory for north- and west-facing shores of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau. The advisory is in effect until 6 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31.
An incoming west-northwest swell will bring advisory levels surf for exposed north and west shores of the state through Friday. Surf will be on the rise tonight, and decline Friday night. Surf is expected to rise to 14 to 18 feet tonight along north-facing shores, subsiding to 10 to 15 feet, and 9 to 12 feet along west-facing shorelines, subsiding to 8 to 12 feet.
Impacts from the high surf could be moderate. Strong breaking waves and strong currents will also make swimming dangerous. Heed all advice from ocean safety officials — when in doubt, don’t go out.