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High surf advisory in effect for north-, east-facing shores

Updated: 
January 8, 2014 - 8:54am

A high surf advisory for the north- and east-facing shores of Hawaii Island is in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday.

Strong to near-gale force winds associated with a surface low several hundred miles northeast of the islands has generated a short-period east-northeast swell that is expected to build today before diminishing on Thursday, according to National Weather Service forecasters in Honolulu. The service forecast waves ranging in height from 8 to 10 feet this afternoon.

The service categorized the surf’s impact as “moderate” and advised 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.