Hawaii braces for storm that could bring waves up to 60 feet

VIDEO: The forecast is showing the Pacific storm coming near the Hawaii Island chain Saturday night, and especially early Sunday.PlayKITV
WATCH Strengthening storm could bring 40-foot waves, damage to Hawaii

An intensifying Pacific storm about 500 miles north of Kauai is rapidly moving south toward the Hawaiian Islands.

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The storm will come very near Hawaii on Sunday. The storm will continue to intensify as it passes close to the islands, before the storm turns back east sometime early Monday.

PHOTO: A rapidly intensifying storm could bring major impacts to Hawaii on Sunday and Monday. ABC News
A rapidly intensifying storm could bring major impacts to Hawaii on Sunday and Monday.

This rapidly intensifying, fast-moving storm will likely generate waves reaching 40 to 60 feet, which could come very near the Hawaiian Islands -- especially the northern shores.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu says these waves could cause “unprecedented coastal flooding to north and west facing shores late Saturday and Sunday.”

PHOTO: Hawaii could see waves up to 60 feet from the storm. ABC News
Hawaii could see waves up to 60 feet from the storm.

The National Weather Service is talking about extreme impacts to the coast line with possible significant damage to coastal property and infrastructure.

Additionally, the storm likely will bring wind gusts up to 60 mph, which will cause power outages and downed trees. On the mountain tops, winds could gust well over 100 mph.