A low-pressure system is arriving over Hawaii, creating some of the biggest waves in a decade and attracting surfers from all over the world. According to HawaiiNewsNow.com, waves reaching as high as 40 and 50 feet continue to pound North Shore beaches Thursday. The National Weather Service says this will likely be the largest surf event of the season so far, and perhaps the largest in 10 years. “The huge waves are the result of a potent area of low pressure passing well north of Hawaii that has been producing hurricane-force winds,” said weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce.
The waves reached their peak Wednesday, but the danger will remain throughout the week. A high surf warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Friday. A National Weather Service forecast discussion had a strongly-worded warning for residents as they gear up for the monster waves: “Anyone approaching the shoreline could face significant injury or death. Significant coastal inundation and property damage is possible. Road closures are likely and breaking waves may make it impossible to enter or leave harbors.” Residents living close to the coast braced for a few rounds of unusually high tides by putting sand bags out in front of their homes, according to a Hawaii News Now article. “We will sandbag our laundry area and the beach key access area where we do have some electronic rooms and stuff on the lower level that we don’t want to get damaged, you know, elevator rooms and stuff like that,” said Greg Roe, manager of a residential complex that sits close to the beach, in an interview with Hawaii News Now. More