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High surf advisory issued for east and south shores

20-foot waves from Tropical Storm Marie hit Southern California

By Craig Gima

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LAST UPDATED: 06:42 a.m. HST, Aug 28, 2014


Marie weakened to a tropical storm in the Eastern Pacific Wednesday as waves generated while Marie was still a hurricane began arriving on eastern shores of the Hawaiian islands.

Remnants of another former hurricane will also affect Hawaii's weather starting Thursday.

What's left of former Hurricane Lowell is moving northwest of the islands, disrupting the cooling tradewinds.

National Weather Service forecasters expect tradewinds to weaken Thursday into Sunday.

Leeward areas and mountain may see afternoon showers as daytime heating and sea breezes cause rain clouds to form. Windward areas may also see some afternoon rains as light trade winds converge with leeward sea breezes, forecasters said.

The tradewinds may slowly return next week.

Meanwhile, forecasters have issued a high surf advisory for east and south facing shores of all islands from 6 a.m. Thursday to  6 a.m. Saturday.

A long-period swell generated by Marie will build 6- to 9-foot surf on east-facing shores starting Wednesday night.

South shores may also see 6- to 9-foot waves from another swell in the South Pacific.

"While surf heights are not expected to be exceptionally high, long period swell energy from the east is somewhat rare, and some normally sheltered windward locales could see larger long period waves and strong currents," forecasters said.

At 5 a.m. Thursday, Tropical Storm Marie was about 865 miles west of Punta Eugenia, Mexico with sustained winds of 45 mph. The storm was moving northwest at 15 mph and was expected to drop below tropical storm strength by Thursday night.

As it passed north of the remnants of former Tropical Storm Karina, it absorbed Karina into it's much larger storm system.

At Southern California beaches, Tropical Storm Marie kicked up 20-foot waves drawing surfers and spectators, The Associated Press reported. The Malibu Pier was closed after waves knocked some pilings loose, the AP said.






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