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Nearby hurricanes keep surf high, rain falling

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Hawaii is under several weather advisories and warnings due to two nearby hurricanes.

A high surf warning remains in effect for all counties until 6 p.m. Thursday.

The National Weather Service also has issued a small craft advisory until 6 p.m. Friday for waters from Kauai to Hawaii counties.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center issued advisories Wednesday as Ignacio re-emerged as a hurricane at 5 p.m. It was 350 miles north of Lihue at 5 p.m. Wednesday, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and moving northwest at 13 mph.

Hurricane force winds extend up to 25 miles out and tropical storm force winds extend outward to 240 miles.

Heavy rain socked Hawaii island Wednesday afternoon. At 6:30 p.m., the weather service reported rain of 2 inches per hour over the north and west two-thirds of the island.

The heaviest rain was reported over South Kona.

Hawaii County police warned motorists Wednesday afternoon of hazardous driving conditions due to rain in the upper Waikoloa area and on Highway 190 from Puuanahulu to Waimea.

Swells generated from Ignacio were declining Wednesday night, the hurricane center said.

Hurricane Jimena continued to weaken Wednesday, moving to the northwest. It was about 770 miles east of Hilo at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Hurricane force winds extend up to 60 miles from the center, and storm force winds outward as far as 185 miles.

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