HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The National Weather Service says the current northwest swell has reached the islands, and that swell is expected to build quickly today, with warning level surf expected for north and west facing shores of the smaller islands, and advisories for the Big Island.
The swell is expected to continue to build tonight, and will coincide with high tide during the predawn hours Friday morning. This will increase chances for significant beach erosion and run-up during these hours.
"This is may be one of our largest and most dangerous periods of high surf this season", said Melvin Kaku, director for the Department of Emergency Management. "We can expect sand and seawater incursion on roads and highways, and onto private property. We are also concerned that our homeless families living along affected coastlines could be at risk. We will be notifying service providers as well as tasking our Reserve Corps Volunteers to warn the homeless along those shorelines."
The most significant hazard to North Shore coastal areas can be expected to coincide with the high tide occurring on Friday morning at 4 a.m. During this period of high surf, residents living in homes along or near the shoreline should be prepared to evacuate immediately if their homes are threatened.
Surf along north facing shores will be 10 to 15 ft through mid day today then build quickly to 25 to 35 ft by late this afternoon. Surf heights will remain in this range through Friday.
Surf along west facing shores will be 5 to 8 ft through mid day today then build to 15 to 25 ft by late this afternoon. Surf heights will remain in this range through Friday.
The big waves will not be big enough for 'The Eddie.'
The Quiksilver Eddie Aikau Invitational is a NO go today and tomorrow during the High Surf Warning.
Spokesperson Jodi Wilmott said surf heights not as big and consistent as they want but they are monitoring a few swells early next week.
The holding period runs thru Feb. 28. The event which requires 30-40 ft faces has only run 8 times, last on Dec. 8, 2009. Click to view 2009 'Eddie' photos on your mobile device - http://bit.ly/1a8kUpc
Another period of significant high surf could affect these same shoreline areas next Tuesday or Wednesday.