Dangerous surf continues to batter north shore beaches
December 28, 2012 at 1:27 PM HST - Updated June 30 at 8:35 AM
NORTH SHORE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)
A High Surf Warning has been extended until 6 p.m. Tuesday for the north and west shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu and Molokai and the north shores of Maui.
The large northwest swell will continue to produce elevated and dangerous surf through Tuesday along exposed north and west facing shores of most of the Hawaiian island chain.
Forecasters at the National Weather Service said surf was expected heights of 20 to 30 feet along north facing shores and 15 to 20 feet along west facing shores.
Surf will gradually lower to 18 to 28 feet on Tuesday along north facing shores.
Large breaking waves may cause hazardous conditions in the surf zone, including life-threatening rip currents.
The big waves are keeping lifeguards busy.
A spokesperson for the city's Emergency Medical Services Department said on Oahu's north shore there were 15 rescues and 2,105 preventative actions, including warning people to stay out or move away from the shorebreak. On the west shore, lifeguards performed two rescues, 41 assists and 2,050 preventative actions.
On Monday, there were no rescues and 882 preventative actions on the north shore. On the west shore, lifeguards performed nine rescues and 1,236 preventative actions.
There is also the possibility of localized coastal flooding and beach erosion, especially during the high tide early Tuesday morning.
A High Surf Advisory is also posted until 6 p.m. Tuesday for the west shores of the Big Island of Hawaii. Waves of 6-10 feet face heights are expected, higher sets are possible.
Stay with Hawaii's Severe Weather Team on HawaiiNewsNow.com for the latest surf forecasts.