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High surf warning in effect, surf could reach 30 feet

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A high surf warning is in effect for the north and west-facing shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu and Molokai, and for north-facing shores of Maui, according to the Deparment of Emergency Management. A high surf advisory is also in effect for the west-facing shores of the Big Island.

The warning is scheduled to remain in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Forecasters say surf is expected to reach 20 to 30 feet along north facing shores and 15 to 20 feet along west facing shores. Surf will peak tonight and begin to diminish on Wednesday.

Swells and significant erosion of sand can also be expected along beaches where sand has accumulated during the summer months.

The NWS says a high surf warning indicates that battering waves will hit shorelines, resulting in very dangerous swimming conditions and deadly rip currents.

Around 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, two off-duty ocean safety lifeguards were checking out the surf at Laniakea when they noticed three swimmers caught in a rip tide. The two lifeguards grabbed rescue boards and paddled out to the swimmers, then brought them safely to shore. The swimmers did not require medical attention.

On Monday, lifeguards at Waimea Bay spotted a 10-foot shore break. According to Emergency Services spokeswoman Shayne Enright, two people sustained injuries. A 23-year-old woman was taken to the hospital in serious condition, and a 14-year-old boy in stable condition.

On Kauai, county officials saybeaches along the north shore, from Hanalei to Ke'e, are closed to swimming today due to the high surf conditions. The beaches will reopen as officials deem them safe for swimming.

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