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High surf warning issued as waves forecast to reach up to 35 feet

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 09:47 p.m. HST, Dec 29, 2012

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

The high surf warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Monday.

Forecasters expect waves on north-facing shores to reach 18 to 22 feet this evening and up to 35 feet Sunday. West-facing shores are expected to see waves of 14 to 18 feet this evening and up to 25 feet Sunday.

The large northwest swell is expected to build from this afternoon through tonight.

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

Beachgoers are urged to stay out of the water and well away from the shore break.

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allie wrote:
on December 29,2012 | 11:31AM
Bdpapa wrote:
You may want to go swimming on the North Shore. :)
on December 29,2012 | 11:40AM
dlum003 wrote:
Leave it to the media to completely overexagerate the wave sizes. they use face height, not Hawaiian size which half the face. This silly 35' hype is only 15' Hawaiian. What a joke. ent
on December 29,2012 | 12:08PM
FrankieT wrote:
I agree, and the traffic will be a mess on the North Shore as it usually is during the high surf and events.
on December 29,2012 | 01:03PM
8082062424 wrote:
beautiful winter surf
on December 29,2012 | 01:09PM
Holomua wrote:
Eddie wouldn't go.
on December 29,2012 | 03:46PM
localcitizen wrote:
Send congress out surfing!
on December 29,2012 | 06:38PM
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