Watch: Rogue Wave Floods Lifeguard Tower During Historic Hawaii Swell

A powerful rogue wave crashed into a lifeguard tower during a historic swell in Hawaii on Friday, November 11, 2023.

The wave, which was estimated to be over 40 feet tall, flooded the tower and swept away beach chairs and other debris.

The swell was caused by a combination of factors, including a strong storm in the North Pacific Ocean and a favorable alignment of winds.


The swell brought some of the largest waves ever seen in Hawaii, and it attracted thousands of surfers and spectators to the North Shore.

The video of the rogue wave flooding the lifeguard tower is a reminder of the power of the ocean and the importance of respecting it. Rogue waves are rare and unpredictable, but they can be incredibly destructive.

The cause of rogue waves is still not fully understood, but they are thought to be caused by a combination of factors, including wind, currents, and the shape of the ocean floor.


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