Surf builds on Big Island as Ana approaches

Pohoiki, Hawaii Island

On the Big Island, surf was up at a popular surf spot off Isaac Hale Beach Park, also known as Pohoiki.

“There were some nice waves and nice ground swell, but not as big as last time (during Iselle),” one surfer told KHON2.

According to meteorologists with the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, surf rose 10 to 15 feet from the south point of the Big Island, and other reports had surf up to 12 feet further up along the southeast coast.

Surf is expected to increase Friday evening.

Winds have also begun to increase on the island’s south side. Gusts as high as 40 miles per hour were reported in the area, meteorologists said.

Showers remain light as Ana’s heavy rain bands remained off to the south and southeast side of the Big Island, but should increase in the next six to 10 hours.

Elsewhere in Puna, residents with homes that were damaged during Iselle are trying to prevent further devastation by Ana.

Crews were racing to waterproof and tie down the new roof of a home on Papio Street. Part of the home’s old roof blew off during Iselle and repairs had not yet been completed.

Volunteers with the American Red Cross Hawaii State Chapter opened five emergency evacuation shelters at noon Friday. View the full list here.

Stay with for updates.

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