HONOLULU, Hawaii — Hawaii officials are warning surfers to stay away from the coastline of the state as temperatures climb to more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (39 Celsius) in some areas, while surfers can expect higher winds and storm surges.
Hawaiian National Weather Service meteorologist Roberta Kaleva said the latest advisory comes as the state braces for more extreme weather and has not ruled out the possibility of a strong typhoon.
Kaleva warned surfers in southern parts of the Hawaiian Islands and southern California to be prepared for storm surges, heavy surf and flooding.
The state has also issued its highest storm surge advisory in nearly two decades, with a maximum surge of 4.6 feet (1.5 meters).
“It’s not going to be a pleasant time,” Kalevas told ABC News.
“You can expect a lot of flooding and high winds.
It’s going to feel like a hurricane.”
“We have no control over the winds, but we are prepared,” she said.
While the warning is in effect for the Hawaiian islands, it extends to Hawaii, the US Virgin Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
There is no direct line of sight from Honolulu to the Pacific Ocean, but Kalevo said high surf will occur from the western part of the island chain through the Pacific and into the northern Hawaiian Islands.
“The high surf is a threat to everyone.
It can be life-threatening, even to people with heart attacks,” she told ABCNews.com.
In the southern Pacific, where the current is more moderate, waves of up to 4 feet (0.9 meters) are expected over a wide area.
An advisory issued for California and parts of New England also remains in effect.
Gavin Newsom has issued a state of emergency for parts of Southern California.
But a coastal flood watch is in place in the Central Valley.
A storm surge warning has been issued for parts, including Ventura County, Santa Cruz County and Orange County, and a coastal inundation watch is also in place for parts north of Los Angeles.
Also on Tuesday, officials in Hawaii issued the highest surf advisory in more than two decades for the northern parts of Oahu.
Officials say it is expected to rise as high as 6 feet (2 meters) and it could bring up to 40 inches (130 centimeters) of sea level rise.
Storm surges of 3 feet (9.7 centimeters) or higher are possible, and heavy rain is expected along the coast.
It is forecast to continue until the storm moves inland, with winds of 75 mph (105 kph) and up to 1,500 mph (2,500 kph).