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High surf warning for east-facing Hawaii shores


Lester was downgraded to a tropical storm on Saturday night and continues to move west-northwest away from the islands

This graphic shows the projected path and intensity of Hurricane Madeline as of 11 a.m.

Kaly Sun, right, removes boards from her restaurant in Pahoa, Hawaii after Tropical Storm Madeline moved through the area, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016.

A tropical storm left parts of Hawaii’s Big Island soggy but intact today as residents of the island state prepared for a second round of potentially volatile tropical weather.

The most significant impact from Lester is expected to be very large and damaging surf along east facing shores.

“It has passed south of our island”, Aton said. All roads have reopened.

Small Craft Advisory for all Hawaii waters.

“If you’re not an experienced ocean person, I would advise staying out of the water completely”, Rigg said.

Damage Assessment teams will be out in targeted areas today.

The state Department of Education announced that all Kauai Interscholastic Federation sporting events will continue as scheduled. Several had been used as shelters.

The forecast track is now taking it a little farther north as it passes our island state over the weekend.

The U.S. Coast Guard is opening ports in Hawaii County, and cargo operations are resuming.

The Associated Press contributed to this update.

Lester is moving toward the west-northwest near 14 miles per hour (22 kph) and this motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Lester continues to track toward Hawaii. However, the islands will feel the effects of strong winds. With the ground already saturated from Tropical Storm Madeline, rain from Hurricane Lester could cause severe flooding.

Hurricane Lester is now less than 305 miles east of Hilo, moving west northwest at 15 mph.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center of the storm.

Wind shear is weakening the storm. Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles from its center.

Hurricane Lester has weakened slightly over the last 12 hours, and is now packing winds of 100 mph with higher gusts.

The winds could cause loose objects to move around, make driving hard and blow tree branches into power lines, causing power outages. Sunday cloudy skies and some haze are in the forecast for Maui County with showers likely in windward spots and scattered leeward showers. Schools, courts and government offices on Maui were set to close at noon Friday. If your home or business has been damaged, call Civil Defense at 935-0031.

Caldwell said Friday that officials are not expecting a major impact from Hurricane Lester, but they’re preparing for the worst just in case.

In the 24-hour period ending at 7 a.m., Saddle Quarry recorded 8.7 inches of rain; almost 5.9 inches fell at Waiakea Uka and 7.5 inches fell at Kulani.