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High-surf warning in effect for most isles as tradewinds ramp up

A high surf warning for the north and west shores of Hawaiian isles from Kauai County to Maui is in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The National Weather Service expects surf to rise 22 to 28 feet along the north and west shores of Kauai and Niihau, as well as the north shores of Oahu, Maui and Molokai. Surf is also forecast to rise 12 to 16 feet for west shores of Molokai.

Officials warn of strong breaking waves and rip currents, making swimming difficult and dangerous. Beachgoers should heed all advice from ocean safety officials.

Tradewinds, meanwhile, are forecast to be moderate to breezy through midweek. Clouds and showers will favor windward areas mainly during the overnight and early morning periods, weather officials said.

More rain is expected by Thursday as an upper-level disturbance moves over the area, resulting in a wet and windy pattern through this weekend.

A small craft advisory also remains in effect for northwest waters of Kauai to windward waters of Maui County through 6 p.m. Friday, due to east winds of 15 to 25 knots and seas of 8 to 13 feet.

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