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North shore swell falters, but more big waves on the way

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:36 a.m. HST, Dec 26, 2012

A Christmas Day swell on north and west shores has fallen below advisory levels, but National Weather Service forecasters say two more swells are on the way.

Forecasters canceled a high surf advisory for north and west shores of several islands after wave heights began to decline late this morning.

The wave faces are expected to lower to heights of 8- to 12-feet this afternoon on north shores and 5- to 8-feet on west shores.

Forecasters say a new swell is heading our way and could generate advisory-level surf again Thursday into Friday. Another swell, predicted to arrive Saturday, will bring even bigger waves on Saturday, forecasters say.

Wave faces were in the 20-foot range on Tuesday.

Lifeguards made 18 rescues and took 1,325 preventive actions — such as warning people to stay on dry land — on Tuesday, said Department of Emergency Services spokes­woman Shayne Enright.

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