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High surf advisory extended for east-facing shores

October 31, 2014 - 4:15pm

A high surf advisory has been extended for the Big Island’s east-facing shores until 6 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service in Honolulu.

Six- to 8-foot waves are forecast along the east-facing shores of the island’s north and east coasts, the service said. The surf is being fueled by a moderate north swell that has combined with strong easterly trade winds.

Beachgoers, swimmers and surfers should heed all advice given by ocean safety officials and exercise caution.

The service categorized the surf’s impact as “moderate,” cautioning of of strong breaking waves, shore break and strong longshore and rip currents that will make swimming not only difficult but dangerous.