EAST O'AHU (KHNL) - Here on O'ahu, the eastern side of the island is expected to feel the brunt of Felicia. Monday morning, conditions were getting a lot stronger on east facing shores. Monday evening, the winds picked up a bit, and heavy rain and stronger winds are expected later at night. Those conditions are expected to continue through at least Tuesday.
Sandy Beach Park on the east side of the island is very popular with surfers and body boarders. They're seeing conditions they're not used to seeing this time of the year. The National Weather Service says Felicia could cause 15-foot waves on east facing shores.
"I'm pretty excited. We usually don't get this much big surf at Sandy's," said Thurston Kino, who lives on the east side of Oahu. "So when I heard there's going to be 12- to 15-foot faces, I was excited. I thought I'd grab my fins, come out, check it out this morning."
"It actually caught us by surprise," added Thurston's brother Austin Kino. "We jumped in the water and within fifteen minutes, we looked around and started to see some really big waves heading in. We never get a lot of surf on this side usually. We got to the north shore to see some waves so it's kind of exciting. everyone's grabbing their boards and heading out there."
During the next few days, the advice is only experienced surfers should be out there. But always, check with a lifeguard first, before going out into the ocean.
Ocean safety officials say lifeguards rescued three people at Makapu'u, and that's even before Felicia reached O'ahu.