High surf warnings, advisories issued for huge northeast swell

High surf warnings, advisories issued for huge northeast swell
File photo of huge surf on Oahu's North Shore. (Hawaii News Now/file)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A large northeast swell has resulted in high surf warnings and advisories posted for north and east facing shores around the state.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu said a high surf warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday for the east-facing shores of Molokai, Maui and the Big Island. A high surf advisory is in effect for the north-facing shores of those islands.

A high surf advisory is also posted for the north and east shores of Kauai and Oahu.

Surf is expected to peak at 12 to 16 feet for east shores of Molokai, Maui and the Big Island. Waves of 15 to 20 feet are forecast for the north-facing shores of those three islands.

Kauai and Oahu’s east shores could see surf of 10 to 14 feet, with 14 to 18 foot waves for north shores of those islands.

The high surf will result in strong breaking waves and strong longshore and rip currents. Beach goers, surfers and swimmers should heed all advice and warnings from ocean safety lifeguards.

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