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High surf warning extended for most islands

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    High surf at Waimea Bay, Oct. 27, attracted a few onlookers. The National Weather Service has issued a high surf warning for the north and west shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu and Molokai, and for the north shore of Maui, scheduled to remain in effect until 6 a.m. Friday.

The National Weather Service has extended a high surf warning for the north and west shores of Kauai County, Oahu and Molokai, and for the north shore of Maui, through 6 p.m. Sunday.

Forecasters say surf should briefly subside below warning levels today before rising again late tonight through Saturday to 35 to 45 feet along the north and west shores of Niihau and Kauai, and the north shores of Oahu, Molokai, and Maui; and hit 23 to 32 feet along the west shores of Oahu and Molokai.

The warning-level surf should peak Saturday afternoon and evening, slowly tapering off through Sunday afternoon, weather officials said.

A high surf advisory remains in effect for the north-facing shores of Hawaii island through 6 p.m. Sunday. Forecasters expect surf up to 10 to 15 feet along affected shores.

“Expect ocean water surging and sweeping across beaches, coastal benches, and lava flows creating the potential for impacts to coastal properties and infrastructure, including roadways,” weather officials said in a bulletin. “Powerful longshore and rip currents will be present at most beaches.”

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