HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Oahu residents saw heavy rain and big surf on Saturday as Hurricane Ana continues to pass through the Hawaiian Islands.
Shayne Enright, Emergency Medical Services spokeswoman, urges people to stay out of the water.
"We are seeing high surf, strong winds and extremely strong rip currents. So now it's not the time to get into the water," said Enright.
Regardless of the warnings, some surfers went out to enjoy the waves anyway.
"They said the waves were gonna be good so we went for it. It was fun. Can tell it's pretty windy but it's better than sitting at home," Darin Boehn said.
Ocean Safety called in extra personnel to monitor beaches on the south shore where waves were expected to reach 10 to 20 feet. At Sandy Beach Park, eight to 12 foot faces were reported and lifeguards stayed busy in Waikiki making dozens of rescues.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says he was hoping he could give the all clear on Saturday, but will wait until Sunday to see what kind of impacts there will be.
"There's certain excitement getting ready…but I can tell you, when it gets really bad, most people wish it would go away. And the good news it is going away. We are gonna feels impacts and we don't wanna let our guard down at this point" said Caldwell.
Aside from big surf, meteorologists with the National Weather Service say Hurricane Ana is expected to bring three to six inches of rain, 25 to 30 mile per hour winds, and about a one-foot storm surge on Oahu's south shore.