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Former Tropical Cyclone Celia passing north of Hawaii prompts high surf advisory

Weather advisory map via National Weather Service/NOAA

Weather advisory map via National Weather Service/NOAA

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a high surf advisory for east facing shores of Hawaii Island, Maui, Molokai, Oahu and Kauai from 6 a.m. Sunday through 6 p.m. Monday (July 17-18).

A northeast swell generated by the former Tropical Cyclone Celia passing north of the islands will produce high surf conditions along most east facing shores beginning Sunday.

Surf is forecast to be in the 6-9 foot range along east facing shores.

Coastal areas can expect strong breaking waves, shore breaks and strong longshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.

Beachgoers, swimmers and surfers should heed the advice given by ocean safety officials and be careful. Know your limits and when in doubt, don’t go out.

Boaters should expect recreational surfers and bodyboarders using harbor channels to access surfing areas.


A color enhanced infrared GOES-West satellite movie of the Central Pacific showing former tropical cyclone Celia east of Hawaii July 7-16, 2016.

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