High Surf Warning issued for Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau

Published on November 19, 2023

Kauai Fire Department News Release

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Warning for north- and west-facing shores of Ni‘ihau, and north-facing shores of Kaua‘i as of 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, through 6 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21. The warning may be extended, dropped, or modified as conditions develop.

According to the NWS, a large north-northwest swell will rise rapidly Sunday night and early Monday, bringing dangerously high surf up to 25 feet to exposed north-facing and west-facing shores.

Entering the water in these areas during the High Surf Warning is very hazardous and could cause serious injury or death. Beachgoers are also advised to use extreme caution, as large breaking waves could make it dangerous for those standing along the shoreline.

For updated information on ocean and weather alerts, visit the NWS website, www.weather.gov/hfo.

For up-to-date information about Kaua‘i ocean conditions and ocean safety, please speak to a county lifeguard at any lifeguard station, visit www.hawaiibeachsafety.com, or call the Ocean Safety Bureau at 808-241-4984.


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