Brown-water advisory issued for Maui island

The Maui News

The state Department of Health issued a brown-water advisory for Maui island Monday.

The department warned that heavy rains led to storm runoff that could overflow cesspools, sewers and manholes and carry pollution into the ocean.

The pollution may include pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens, chemicals and flood debris.

“Not all coastal areas may be impacted by runoff,” the advisory says. “However, if the water is brown, stay out. Continue to practice good personal hygiene and follow up with your primary care physician if you have any health concerns.”

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service posted a high-surf warning for the north- and east-facing shores of Maui and Molokai through Monday night, when a north swell was expected to peak.

Surf generated by the swell was expected to diminish today and Wednesday, but it may remain large enough to remain at advisory levels along north-facing shores through today.

Surf was forecast to reach 22 to 28 feet along north-facing shores and 10 to 15 feet on east-facing shores. The warning was issued through 6 a.m. today.

Beachgoers can expect strong breaking waves and currents that make swimming hazardous.

Forecasters predict cloudy and breezy conditions today through Wednesday with numerous windward showers and scattered showers in leeward areas. High temperatures are expected to run from 73 to 78 degrees, with overnight lows of 66 to 71. Winds are predicted to blow out of the east from 15 to 25 mph.

For the 24-hour period ending at 3 p.m. Monday, the only rain gauges with more than an inch of rainfall included West Wailuaiki mauka of Keanae with 2.53 inches and Puu Kukui in the West Maui Mountains with 1.57 inches.