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High Surf, Daniel Near Hurricane Status,

SURF'S UP ON SOUTH SHORES

A swell continues to bring big waves to the South Shore. A high surf advisory is up through noon. Dan forecasts surf heights around 5 to 8 feet this morning, dropping to 4 to 6 feet by this afternoon. Boaters should know there's a small craft advisory for rough seas through tomorrow night. More on what's ahead for the weekend on Sunrise.

DANIEL ON PACE TO REACH HURRICANE STRENGTH TODAY

Tropical Storm Daniel could be a full blown hurricane by later today. It's currently moving West off the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California. We talked with the National Hurricane Center this morning to get the latest. including timeline and possible impact on Hawaii. According to the Hurricane Center Daniel is "going to be a Hurricane later today and tonight and probably maintain hurricane strength on Saturday." As for any effects on Hawaii, the word from the National Hurricane Center Spokesman Dennis Fentgen, "It's far too early to tell what if any the remnants of Daniel would have on the Hawaiian Islands." Check out our hurricane tracker at HawaiiNewsNow or download our HNN weather app to stay on top of severe weather when it happens.

SEARCH FOR TEEN SWEPT TO SEA

The Fire Department will continue scouring the waters off Kealakekua Bay for a 15 year old New York hiker who was knocked out of tide pools by a wave and swept to sea. Tyler Madoff was in Hawaii on an adventure tour and trying to cool down in the tide pools when it happened. The Coast Guard has suspended its search for Madoff. 

NEW UNEMPLOYMENTS NUMBERS

The national unemployment numbers are just out for June. The good news? Hawaii fares better than the rest of the Mainland, but the bad? The national numbers are stagnant and if this continues, it could have an impact on Hawaii.

GOOD, BAD, WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?

Speaking of the Good and the Bad, every Friday we like to look back at the stories that had us cheering, jeering and screaming "what Were They Thinking?" See what made our list this morning.

HAWAII FIVE-0 SEASON 3 BLESSING LIVE MONDAY MORNING

Plus, wake up to exclusive coverage of the Hawaii Five-O Season 3 blessing on Monday morning. The cast and crew has started every season with a traditional Hawaiian blessing as a symbol of the new beginning and respect for the host culture. I'll catch up with stars like Alex O'Loughlin and the newest addition, McGarrett's Mom Doris, Emmy Winner Christine Lahti before they begin filming. Our live coverage starts on KGMB and KHNL at 5am, with the blessing set for 7. We'll stream it live for fans worldwide at HawaiiNewsNow.com. Watch for details and tune in Monday morning for your Season 3 scoop. If you have a question for Alex or Christine, post it to facebook.

Hope you can join us on an Aloha Friday!

Tannya

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