Flossie erodes Kauai sandbar, causing rip current
POIPU, Hawaii (AP) — Kauai lifeguards are prohibiting swimming in an area off Poipu Beach because strong ocean conditions created by Tropical Storm Flossie eroded a sandbar there.
Kauai County Ocean Safety Bureau Supervisor Kalani Vierra said in a statement Friday the erosion is causing an extremely dangerous rip current from the shoreline to a rocky islet off Poipu Beach called Nukumoi Point.
The sandbar is a popular attraction for beachgoers.
Officials have posted signs to warn beachgoers of the danger.
Lifeguards are telling swimmers to stay out of the water. They’re encouraging swimmers to swim in calmer waters fronting the Poipu lifeguard tower.
Flossie passed through Hawaii earlier this week, though the center of the storm never hit land. Flossie’s center came closest to Kauai early Tuesday.