The weekend was big, there were really big waves in Hawaii. A huge swell from the south created rare conditions for surfing and attracted the attention of professionals, amateurs and local authorities. The incident not only made the sea dangerous, but also invaded homes by the sea and reached state highways.
With huge waves on the south coast that reached 24 feet (about 7.32 m), the event was called “Code Red II” by locals, referring to the historic 2011 swell at Taihupu.
Also last Friday (15), the local Meteorological Service had already warned that ocean conditions, influenced by former Tropical Storm Darby, would be particularly dangerous over the weekend. Despite the recommendation that only experienced surfers and knowledgeable local beachgoers enter the ocean and more than 7,000 preventive actions, more than 1,550 rescues were recorded by lifeguards off the coast of Oahu. Even with the alert, Umang made those people a party who managed to bring down the “wave of dreams”.
Code Red II Hawaii 2022 — Photo: Reproduction Instagram
“As far as surfing goes, it’s a day for veterans who know what they’re doing,” Kurt Leger, acting chief of Honolulu Ocean Safety, said on Saturday.
– We are all very excited about this swell. I could hardly sleep last night. I kept thinking how wonderful it would be when the sun came out – commented bodyboarder Dominic Nichols.
But, if the sea was favorable for surf lovers to keep that wave in their memory, then for the general population, the situation was tense. In addition to the height of the waves, “Code Red II” was characterized by its expanse and reach. Many waterfront homes and businesses were affected.
– The current and waves got really big between 4 PM and 5 PM (local time) and didn’t calm down until about 10:45 PM. My condo got hit the first time and it filled everything up. The condos on the way to the mine were completely destroyed and badly damaged. Luckily, everyone is safe – resident Isabella Sloan told “Hawaii News Now.”
– It looked like a tsunami video. The swell type filled the room with water and kept pushing right through the front door. You never know how big it will be or what it will really affect. “We were definitely prepared with reinforcements and things we just didn’t know how to deal with,” said Lisa Newman at a restaurant in Lahaina.