The National Weather Service has posted a high-surf advisory for the north-facing shores of Maui and Molokai and a wind advisory for portions of Lanai, both effective until 6 p.m. today.
Large-breaking waves will produce rough surf conditions of 10 to 15 feet through today. The next high tide of about 1.5 feet is expected between 3:13 and 4:31 p.m. today.
A high-surf advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing strong rip currents and localized beach erosion. Beachgoers are urged to stay out of the water and away from the shore break.
Strong high pressure north of the islands has brought gusty trades to portions of Lanai and the Big Island that will range from 15 to 30 mph with localized gusts exceeding 45 mph, the National Weather Service said Thursday.
The northeasterly winds will be strongest over the higher elevations of Lanai, including Manele and Lanai City.
Wind speeds were expected to fall below advisory levels Thursday night then increase this morning. Winds are expected to reach advisory levels by this afternoon. A wind advisory means that winds of at least 30 mph with gusts exceeding 50 mph are expected.
The strong winds can bring down tree branches and make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles.