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High surf warning going up ahead of rising northwest swell

By Ben Gutierrez - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Forecasters are expecting a huge swell to pound north and west shores this week. The National Weather Service has issued a high surf warning, effective from 4 p.m. Monday until 4 p.m. Thursday, for the north and west shores of Niihau and Kauai, and the north shores of Oahu, Molokai and Maui.

According to the weather service, surf along those shores will build to face heights of 8 to 12 feet late Monday afternoon. Surf is forecast to rise rapidly Monday night and peak on Tuesday, with peak heights of 25 to 35 feet. There also could be larger waves on the outer reefs.

A high surf advisory has also been issued for the west shores of Oahu and the north shore of the Big Island of Hawaii, also effective from 4 p.m. Monday to 4 p.m. Thursday. Surf along Oahu's west shores is expected to rise to six to eight feet late Monday afternoon, and then build rapidly Monday night , peaking Tuesday at 12 to 18 foot face heights. Surf on the north shores of the Big Island is forecast to rise Monday night, peaking near 15 foot face heights on Tuesday and Tuesday night.

The weather service emphasized that the large waves will result in very dangerous swimming conditions and deadly rip currents, with some areas getting beach erosion.

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