There is a new video on the internet that shows a massive tidal wave sweeping over the top of a two-story condo in Hawaii, amid what the National Weather Service (NWS) is referring to as a “historic” ocean surf.
“The current and waves got really big around 4 to 5 pm and didn’t calm down until around 10:45 pm,” Isabella Sloan, a local resident who recorded the video, told Hawaii News Now. “My condo was hit the first time and flooded everything. Condos down the way from the mine were completely wiped out and damaged really badly. Thankfully, everyone is safe.”
Waves were expected to reach up to 20 feet high for the islands’ south-facing shores, according to the NWS.
“The thing about sea level rise is that it won’t rise level,” tweeted Kaniela Ing, a campaign director, and former legislator in Hawaii. “It’ll be punctuated by dramatic events like these. But exponentially more frequent and intense than it is now. Within our lifetimes.”
May sections of highways had to be closed due to these waves. Lifeguards had to make at least 219 rescues across Oahu shores, according to Hawaii News Now.
“It’s not a time to just go and play,” Kurt Lager, acting chief of operations for Honolulu Ocean Safety, told the broadcaster. “It’s going to be a serious south swell with a lot of water moving.
“As far as surfing, it’s a day for people who are experienced and know what they’re doing,” Lager added.
“It was gnarly,” one surfer told Hawaii News Now. “It was absolutely crazy.”