Current Status and Forecast:
- Ignacio has transitioned to a post-tropical cyclone in the north-central Pacific Ocean.
- Ignacio's contribution to Hawaii's high surf along north-facing shores is diminishing.
- Swells from Ignacio pushed sand and other debris onto some beaches and roadways on the Islands earlier this week.
Recap: High Surf Impacts HawaiiEarlier this week, dangerous surf lashed east-facing shores of Hawaii, particularly the Big Island and Maui, so far this week. The Star Advertiser of Honolulu reported sand and debris washing up onto some roads, which has also prompted beach closures.
Climatologically speaking, virtually all hurricanes near the Hawaiian Islands since 1950 have approached from the southeast, south or southwest. Those approaching from the east tend to either weaken quickly or shift north of the islands. Iselle in 2014 was one notable exception, however.
(MORE: Hawaii's Hurricane History)
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