It was a big weekend, really big waves in Hawaii. The massive influx from the south created rare conditions for surfing and caught the attention of professionals, amateurs and local authorities. This phenomenon not only made the sea dangerous, but also swept the houses overlooking the sea and reached the state highways.
With giant waves across the south coast that reached 24 feet (about 7.32 meters), locals dubbed the event “Code Red II,” referring to the historic 2011 swell at Teahupoo.
Until last Friday (15), the local weather service had already warned that marine conditions, which were affected by former Tropical Storm Darby, would be particularly dangerous over the weekend. Although it is recommended that only experienced surfers and knowledgeable local beaches go into the sea and more than 7,000 precautions have been taken, more than 1,550 rescues by lifeguards have been recorded on Oahu beaches. Even with alarm, the bulge made the party of those who managed to bring down the “waves of dreams”.
Red II Hawaii 2022 Code – Photo: Instagram clone
“In terms of surfing, it’s a day for experienced people who know what they’re doing,” Kurt Lager, acting chief of operations for Honolulu Ocean Safety, said Saturday.
– We’re all pretty excited about this bulge. I could barely sleep last night. I kept thinking how cool it would be when the sun came up – Dominic Nicholas, Bodyboard commented.
But, if the sea was suitable for surfers to keep that wave in their memory, for the general population, the situation was tense. In addition to the height of the waves, Code Red 2 was distinguished by its extension and reach. A number of homes and businesses on the waterfront were hit.
– The current and the waves got really big between 4pm and 5pm (local time) and didn’t subside until about 10:45pm. My dwelling was hit for the first time and everything was submerged. The apartments in my path were completely destroyed and badly damaged. Fortunately, everyone is safe — Hawaii News Now resident Isabella Sloan said.
– It looked like a tsunami video. This bloated type filled the room with water and continued to push through the front door. You never know how big it is or what it will really affect. “We were definitely prepared with reinforcements and things that we didn’t know how to deal with,” said Lisa Newman, at a restaurant in Lahaina.
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