Officials close 3 Big Island beach parks as large swell from Hector approaches

Big Island officials prepare for potential impacts from nearby Hector

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A powerful hurricane expected to pass to the south of the state is forecast to bring dangerously large waves to east-facing shores of some islands starting Tuesday.

A high surf warning has been issued for east shores of the Big Island in anticipation of the impacts of Hurricane Hector. The warning goes into effect from noon Tuesday through 6 p.m. Wednesday.

A high surf advisory has also been issued for east shores of Maui. That also goes into effect noon Tuesday through 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say surf will rise 12 to 15 feet along east shores of the Big Island, and 6 to 10 feet along east shores of Maui.

As a precaution, Hawaii County officials have closed three beaches — Whittington, Punaluu and Milolii beach parks — on Tuesday. Officials add all pavilion and camping permits for these parks have been canceled through Friday.

Beachgoers are warned of strong breaking waves and currents that will make swimming difficult and dangerous.

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