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High surf warning issued as waves of up to 25 feet hit north shores

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:37 p.m. HST, Dec 25, 2012

The National Weather Service has posted a high surf warning for north-facing shores of Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Kauai and Niihau because of potentially dangerous waves.

Forecasters expect waves with  20- to 25-foot faces in the warning areas.

The warning also extends to west shores of Kauai, Niihau and Molokai.

A high surf advisory is also in effect for west shores of Oahu and north shores of Hawaii island.

West shores could reach heights of 10- to 15-feet today, forecasters say.

The warning is posted until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The swell, generated by a storm with gale force winds last week in the north Pacific, is expected to peak today and lower through Wednesday morning.

Another storm could bring similar-sized waves on Thursday, forecasters say.

Forecasters warn that large, battering waves will pound the shoreline. Swimming could be dangerous because of strong, and potentially deadly, rip currents.

Beach-goers are urged to stay out of the water and well away from the shore break.

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