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Warning downgraded to high surf advisory for north, west shores

Shark's Cove as seen on Saturday Shark's Cove as seen on Saturday
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The High Surf Warning has been downgraded to a High Surf Advisory and will remain in effect for north and west shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai and Maui until 6 p.m. Monday. Meanwhile, a High Surf Advisory is also in effect for the west shores of the Big Island of Hawaii, also until 6 p.m. Monday. The advisory replaces the earlier High Surf Warning.

The National Weather Service says waves of 15 to 20 foot face heights are still possible for the north shores, while west shores could still have 10 to 15 foot waves. The Kona and Kohala coasts of the Big Island may have waves of six to ten feet.

Forecasters said swimmers and surfers should exercise caution and heed advice  from ocean safety officials and lifeguards. Meantime, boaters could expect recreational surfers and bodyboarders using harbor channels to access surfing areas.

The waves are already blamed for deaths and injuries around the state. Two men visiting from San Francisco died after they were washed out by large waves at Kalihiwai Beach on Kauai. Another man was pulled from the water in extremely critical condition off Makaha Beach Friday and died a day later. Emergency officials also report a man who was taken in serious condition to the hospital Saturday after running into trouble in the shorebreak at Waimea Bay.

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