Beachgoers are urged to exercise caution ahead of the huge swell, Darby’s surf impacts
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) — Forecasters are predicting a wild weekend for surfing.
A large swell should arrive at the same time as the tides will be very high. And all of this coincides with the potential impacts of Tropical Storm Darby.
The message to bathers is simple: be careful.
“Now is not the time to go play. It’s going to be a big southerly swell with lots of moving water,” said Kurt Lager, acting chief operations officer for Honolulu Ocean Safety.
Honolulu Ocean Safety expects to see 12-16 foot waves on the south shore.
They say there will be a steady increase in surf on Saturday and the waves will peak on Sunday.
Lifeguards advise everyone, including surfers and those swimming in shallow water, to be careful.
“As far as surfing goes, it’s a day for people who have experience and know what they’re doing,” Lager said.
“We can see very strong currents receding. So we really, really want to recommend that parents keep an eye out for kids who would typically go into shallow water.
Because Tropical Storm Darby weakened, Hawaii County issued no warnings or preparedness plans.
But forecasters also urge caution. They say the storm could bring up to 4 inches of rain and minor flooding.
Winds may get stronger, but won’t cause damage.
However, all beach parks along the southern shore of the island have been closed.
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