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High surf warning canceled, advisory in effect

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 9:03 a.m. HST, Mar 22, 2013

Forecasters at the National Weather Service have cancelled a high surf warning for the state, but sizable surf continues to break on most of the state's north- and west-facing shores, prompting officials to issue a high surf advisory.

Kauai's north shore beaches, closed yesterday due to wave heights topping 20 feet, remain closed today due to high surf.

The advisory is in effect until 6 a.m. Saturday for the north- and west-facing shores of Oahu, Kauai, Moloka and Niihaui; the north-facing shores of Maui and the west-facing shores of Hawaii island.

Surf along north-facing shores is expected to reach up to 12 to 15 feet and 8 to 12 feet along west-facing shores.

Forecasters warn against water sweeping across portions of beaches, strong breaking waves, and strong longshore and rip currents. Breaking waves may also impact harbors, making navigating harbor channels dangerous.

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