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High surf advisory issued for north- and west-facing shores

January 16, 2014 - 4:32pm

A high surf advisory is in effect for north- and west-facing shores of Hawaii Island through 6 a.m. Sunday.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu forecast waves ranging in height from 12 to 20 feet along north-facing shores and surf ranging in height from 8 to 10 feet along west-facing shores. Forecasters said the surf is being fueled by a large northwest swell.

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.