County closing all public beach parks due to weather

In anticipation of extreme weather conditions, the County of Hawaii is closing all beach parks to public access from Saturday at midnight until further notice.

All state parks will be closing 10 a.m. Sunday and all campers must leave by then.

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The public is asked to listen to the radio for Civil Defense updates.

A low pressure system described as “an unusually strong storm system” is forecast to bring multiple weather hazards during the weekend, forecasters cautioned.

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“The storm will send a powerful swell toward the islands that will impact exposed north- and west-facing shores with very high surf,” a special weather statement issued by the National Weather Service cautioned. “Additionally, the combination of strong onshore winds and high surf will increase the potential for significant coastal flooding that could lead to property damage, road closures and beach erosion.”

Forecasters also warned of “potentially damaging north to northwest winds to the island chain, particularly Saturday night through Sunday evening.”