The Latest: Hurricane brings wave-watchers to Hawaii beaches

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Posted: Sep 03, 2016 6:04 PM
The Latest: Hurricane brings wave-watchers to Hawaii beaches

WAIMANALO, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Lester (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

People are flocking to Hawaii beaches to marvel at the large waves generated by Hurricane Lester.

Residents woke up Saturday to news that a hurricane watch was canceled for the state as the storm tracked north. The National Weather Service says there's large and dangerous surf across the Hawaiian islands this weekend.

That brought Bert and Tia Hartsock to Makapuu (mah-kah-POO'-OO') beach where they watched the waves with their 1-year-old daughter, Maya. Tia Hartsock says the 12- to 15-foot waves are impressive.

Surfer Kaipo (keye-poh) Guerrero says the hurricane is making the waves energetic.

Hopena (hoh-pen-ah) Pokipala (poh-kee-pah-lah) spent the morning surfing a few sets. He says the waves are "chaotic," which required a lot of paddling.

It's shaping up to be a relatively normal Saturday with people jogging, riding bikes and hiking through intermittent showers.


6:15 a.m.

A hurricane watch has been canceled for Hawaii as a tropical storm tracked north of the nation's only island state.

National Weather Service meteorologist Derek Wroe (ROW') says no watches or warnings remain in Hawaii from Hurricane Lester.

The hurricane was located about 260 miles east of Honolulu on Saturday morning, moving west-northwest at about 16 mph. Lester still has maximum winds of 100 mph.

Wroe says it's safe to say Hawaii has dodged a bullet as Lester passes uncomfortably close to the islands. Hurricane Madeline also missed the islands earlier in the week.

Hurricane Lester still could bring heavy rains and an unusually large surf on east-facing shores this weekend, with the surf between 15 to 25 feet.

As a result, there may be overwashes on roadways and erosion on coastal properties.