High surf warning posted for west-facing shores

A high surf warning is in effect for west-facing shores of the Big Island.

Wave heights of 10 to 16 feet are forecast for west-facing shores from North Kohala to Ka‘u through 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service and Hawaii County Civil Defense.

“Expect ocean water surging over the coastline, creating the potential for damage to coastal properties and infrastructure. Powerful currents will be present at most beaches,” NWS officials said Tuesday morning. “Large breaking waves and strong currents may impact harbor entrances causing challenging boat handling. Anyone entering the water could face death.”

Hawaii County Civil Defense cautioned that oceangoers should expect strong breaking waves, shore break, and rip currents that can make swimming difficult and dangerous. Officials also advise beachgoers, swimmers, and surfers to heed all advice given by ocean safety officials and exercise caution.

Civil Defense reported shortly after 10:30 a.m. that Mahukona Beach Park wharf, Spencer Park at Ohaiula and Kaunaoa and Mauumae beaches at Mauna Kea Beach Resort were closed due to the high surf.

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