Sea changes could be dangerous to swimmers, boaters

Hanauma Bay

Officials are asking people to stay out of the water, and mariners to secure their vessels.

“So Mayor, what are you advising residents and visitors?” KHON2 asked.

“We’re advising people to stay tuned to their TV stations and radio stations and to get the most up-to-date information,” Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said.

Mayor Caldwell calls this a minor event but still believes the county needs to be prepared.

“Even with these minor tsunami events, there can be strong ocean currents and weird wave actions that can dramatically affect someone’s life and safety, so please stay out of the water,” he said.

He’s advising people to stay out of the water, from 3 a.m.

Hanauma Bay is closed for the entire day as a precaution.

And city parks will also be closed in the morning, since the Mayor says there’s a chance for minor flooding at some of the parks.

First responders are monitoring the situation from the Department of Emergency Management. If it’s safe enough, officials say parks could reopen around 10 a.m.

“Are you concerned?” KHON2 asked a mariner.

“Always. Every boater would be concerned about something like this but the Coast Guard did say we didn’t have to take any action yet,” said Josh Hanson, first mate of Jada 2.

Although no evacuations have been issued, the U.S. Coast Guard is advising all mariners to secure their vessels for possible changes in sea conditions. Increased currents and sea conditions could happen around 3:30 a.m. and those conditions could continue for several hours.

“If you noticed our lines are a little bit slacked so the boat can move a little bit more if the water does rise or lower, normally we would have them tied up a little bit tighter so the boat doesn’t move as much. But when the water is rising and lowering, you want to give it some slack to move around so it doesn’t crash into the dock,” Hanson said.

Officials are asking people to listen to all warnings and wait for the all clear before returning to the water.

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