City: Olivia's big surf could worsen erosion hazards on Oahu's North Shore

9/12 4 p.m.: Tropical Storm Olivia passing to the south of Oahu
Published: Sep. 12, 2018 at 3:43 AM HST|Updated: Sep. 12, 2018 at 9:31 AM HST
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OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Officials warn significant erosion on Oahu's North Shore, which has gobbled up beaches and eaten into properties, could worsen this week as Tropical Storm Olivia pushes up surf around the state.

Most of Ehukai Beach has already disappeared amid recent waves, and officials are afraid Olivia could be even more rough on the shoreline.

The worst erosion on the North Shore stretches from Pipeline to Rocky Point. In the summer, there's usually 100 feet of sand on the beach.

But the erosion in the area was so bad, lifeguards had to move their tower back.

"We also are seeing trees and bushes and stairwells collapsing onto the beach," Jim Howe, Emergency Services Director said. "It is very likely we are going to see some very strong erosive effects up there."

Oahu's lifeguards are not being called off for the storm. They'll be working through the day Wednesday as long as conditions allow it.

In addition to erosion concerns, the city says about 100 employees worked to clear streams and culverts across Oahu in the previous days. On Tuesday, efforts were focused on clearing the mouth of the Ewa Line Canal, near Hapalua Street.

Residents can report any clogged streams by calling 768-CITY.

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