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Beaches reopen amid high surf advisory for west-, north-facing shores

January 24, 2014 - 8:58am

National Weather Service forecasters in Honolulu have issued a high surf advisory for Hawaii Island’s west- and north-facing shores through 6 a.m. Saturday. All Hawaii Island beaches have reopened, according to the Hawaii County Civil Defense.

The service forecast waves ranging in height from 6 to 10 feet along west-facing shores. Wave heights along north-facing shores are forecast to range in height from 12 to 18 feet.

The surf is expected to slowly decrease on Saturday. Another large northwest swell is expected to hit the Hawaiian islands this afternoon.

The service categorized the surf’s impact as “moderate” and advise the public to expect strong breaking waves and strong rip currents that can make swimming dangerous and heed all advice given by ocean safety officials.