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Surf expected to reach 28 feet on some shores


  • 2013 January 31 WDA - HIgh surf condiitons on Thursday allowed for the running of this years Volcom PIpeline Pro on the northshore of Oahu. PHOTO BY TERENCE REIS / SPECIAL TO THE HSA
  • TERENCE REIS /SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
    A surfer comes out of a barrel during the Volcom PIpeline Pro Thursday.
  • TERENCE REIS /SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
    HIgh surf condiitons on Thursday allowed for the running of this years Volcom PIpeline Pro on Oahu's North Shore.
  • TERENCE REIS /SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
    HIgh surf condiitons on Thursday allowed for the running of this year's Volcom PIpeline Pro on the North Shore of Oahu.
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A large northwest swell has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a high surf warning for the north- and west-facing shores of most islands from until 6 p.m. Friday.

The warning covers the north- and west-facing shores of Oahu, Kauai, Molokai and Niihau and the north-facing shores of Maui, forecasters said. A high surf advisory continues for Hawaii island.

The swell is expected to build tonight, bringing surf of 20- to 28-feet on north shores of Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Molokai and west shores of Kauai County. West shores of Oahu and Molokai will see 15 to 20 foot wave faces.

West shores of Hawaii island are under a high surf advisory with wave heights of 6 to 10 feet expected tonight.

The surf should start coming down on Friday.

Beachgoers are urged to stay out of the water and away from the shorebreak because of dangerous wave action and strong rip currents.

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