Caution Urged for Mariners Due to High Winds, Seas
By Wendy Osher
Mariners are being advised to exercise caution due to high seas and windy conditions in island waters.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a high surf advisory for east facing shores of Maui and Molokaʻi, and a wind advisory is in effect for the islands of Lānaʻi and Kahoʻolawe in Maui County through 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
The US Coast Guard in Hawaiʻi issued the following list of precaution to mariners in as advisory level conditions affect various parts of the state:
- Stay Informed The public should be aware of weather conditions and monitor the progress and strength of the storm through local television, radio and internet. Check the current and expected weather and water conditions before heading out, and be aware that weather conditions can quickly change.
- Wear life jackets while on the water.
- File a float plan with friends, family members and local marinas before heading out. The list should include the number of passengers aboard the vessel, vessel’s destination and expected time of return.
- Always have a working radio aboard.
- Carry marine flares aboard the vessel.
- Ensure bilge pumps are operational and vessels are secure for heavy winds and rain.
The National Weather Service has issued a small craft advisory for Māʻalaea; the ʻAlenuihāhā Channel between Hawaiʻi Island and Maui; and for the Pailolo Channel between Maui and Molokaʻi until 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014.
The agency is forecasting winds blowing at 30 knots and seas of around 15 feet with isolated showers.