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Surf up to 35 feet reported; high surf warning remains in effect

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Surf up to 35 feet has been reported along the north shores of some islands as a high surf warning remains in effect for most of the state.

A high surf warning is in effect for north and west shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu and Molokai and the north shores of Maui and Hawaii island.

The National Weather Service reported a large north-northwest swell impacting affected shores. Conditions are expected to continue throughout the day, prompting officials to caution people inexperienced in the water to steer clear of those areas.

At least five beaches on Hawaii island were closed this morning due to the dangerous surf. Richardson Beach Park, Leleiwi Beach Park, Carlsmith Park, James Kealoha Parkand and James Kealoha Park have been closed until further notice.

The high surf warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. today.

Surf of up to 25 to 35 feet has been reported along the north shores of Oahu, Maui and the Big Island and the north and west shores of Kauai, Niihau and Molokai, weather officials said. Conditions are expected to decrease to 18 to 25 feet by this afternoon.

Officials said surf will gradually subside throughout the day yet remain at warning levels. Conditions are expected to drop to advisory levels tonight and below advisory levels Wednesday.

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