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High surf warning extended for west-facing shores

March 2, 2014 - 7:59pm

A high surf warning for Hawaii Island’s west-facing shores has been extended through 6 p.m. Monday, according to National Weather Service forecasters in Honolulu.

A strong low far northwest of the state has generated a large west-northwest swell that will produce dangerous surf along exposed shores of the Kona and Kohala coasts, according to forecasters.

The service forecast waves ranging in height from 10 to 15 feet along west-facing shores.

The service categorized the surf’s impact as “very high.”

The public is advised to expect ocean water surging and sweeping across beaches, coastal benches and lava flows creating the potential for damage to coastal property and infrastructure, including roadways. Powerful longshore and rip currents will be present at most beaches. Large breaking waves and strong currents may impact harbor entrances and channels.

The service cautioned that only highly experienced people should enter the water because of large breaking surf and dangerous currents. The public is advised to heed all advice given by ocean safety officials.