High surf warning extended as monster swell holds on

Waves could peak near 30 feet for some shorelines.

High surf warning extended as monster swell holds on
Waves were large Wednesday at Shark's Cove as a high surf warning was posted for parts of the state.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Another huge swell brought warning-level surf to north- and west-facing shores for parts of the state Wednesday.

The National Weather Service has extended the high surf warning for north and west-facing shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu and Molokai and the north shores of Maui. It will remain in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday.

A high surf advisory also has been extended until 6 p.m. Thursday for the north and west shores of the Big Island.

Surf rapidly increased along west shores — so much so that the state Department of Land and Natural Resources closed Keawaula Beach, also commonly known as Yokohama Bay. Officials will reassess conditions on Thursday.

Wednesday afternoon, public safety officials reported the North Shore of Oahu saw 24 rescues and 2,088 preventative actions while the west shore had 42 rescues and 954 preventative actions.

County officials on Kauai are also warning people to avoid swimming or snorkeling at Kee, Haena and Kekaha Beaches.

On Oahu, authorities shut down a portion of Farrington Highway in Makaha due to the high surf washing sand and other debris onto the road.

Forecasters expect surf to rise up to 30 feet for west shores of Kauai and Niihau and north shores of Oahu, Molokai and Maui. For west shores of Oahu and Molokai, surf is forecast to reach up to 24 feet.

For the Big Island, surf could reach 15 feet for north shores and 10 feet for west shores.

Farrington Highway in Makaha is shut down due to washed-up sand on the roadway.
Farrington Highway in Makaha is shut down due to washed-up sand on the roadway.

This swell is as large as last week’s massive long-period swell that brought 45 foot waves to some north shore areas of the islands, though conditions could still be life-threatening.

Organizers of the Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational said the Eddie would not run this week because the storm that generated the swell is moving too quickly to produce consistent surf. The famed contest is held only when there are consistent waves of at least 20 feet, Hawaiian style height.

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