Friday | February 05, 2016
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High surf advisory extended for Big Island’s north-, east-facing shores

A high surf advisory has been extended for the Big Island’s north- and east-facing shores through midnight.

A north swell fueling the surf is expected to decline today, according to the National Weather Service in Honolulu.

Forecasters said the waves along north-facing shores would range in height from 15 feet to 20 today. Along east-facing shores, forecasters said waves would range in height from 5 feet to 8 feet.

Forecasters also warned of surges and breaking waves at Hilo Harbor.

The service categorized the surf’s impact as “moderate,” warning of strong breaking waves and strong longshore and rip currents that can make swimming difficult and dangerous. The service cautioned beachgoers, swimmers and surfers to heed all advice given by ocean safety officials and to exercise caution.