Update: A marine warning was extended for Kaua‘i waters
This story was updated at 8:42 a.m. on March 29:
The special marine warning has been extended to 10:30 a.m.
At 8:36 a.m., a strong thunderstorm capable of producing waterspouts was located 19 nm south of Southern Tip of Ni‘ihau, or 41 nm southwest of Kekaha, moving northeast at 25 knots. Leeward and and northwest waters are impacted including the Kaua‘i Channel.
Locations impacted include FAD Buoy CK, Makahuena Point, Nohili Point, Lehua Rock, FAD Buoy KK, FAD Buoy PP, FAD Buoy AA and Southern Tip of Ni‘ihau.
At 7:41 a.m., a strong thunderstorm capable of producing waterspouts was located 30 nm southwest of Southern Tip of Ni‘ihau, or 57 nm southwest of Barking Sands, moving northeast at 25 knots.
Waterspouts can easily overturn boats and create locally hazardous seas. Small craft could be damaged in briefly higher winds and suddenly higher waves. Locations impacted include Lehua Rock, FAD Buoy KK, FAD Buoy PP, FAD Buoy AA and Southern Tip of Ni‘ihau.
Additionally, due to potential inclement weather, the Kilauea Certified HI5 Bottle Redemption Center, located at 5-2723 Kūhiʻō Highway, is closed. Updates will be given if conditions improve.
Boaters should prepare for gusty winds, steep and fast-building seas, and blinding downpours. Stay low or go below, and make sure all on board are wearing life jackets.
Boaters should seek safe harbor immediately until this storm passes. Wind gusts 34 knots or greater, small hail, high waves, dangerous lightning, and heavy rain are possible with this storm.