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High Surf Warning in effect until Saturday as swell continues to bring large waves

Image: DoomaPhotos taken at Peahi 1/22/15 Image: DoomaPhotos taken at Peahi 1/22/15
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -  Waves with peak heights of 30 to 40 feet rolled in for north shores of the islands for a second day, but they are expected to gradually diminish on Friday. However, a reinforcement of the west-northwest swell will increase surf heights slightly in the evening into Saturday.

A High Surf Warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday for the north and west shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu and Molokai, the north facing shores of Maui and the west shore of the Big Island of Hawaii.

The westerly component of the swell is also bringing large surf to areas that are not normally affected by winter swells. A High Surf Advisory is posted for the west shores of Maui, Lanai and Kahoolawe as well as the south shores of Oahu, also until 6 p.m. Saturday.

Ocean Safety officials on Wednesday said that water washed over roadways on the north shore, specifically Laniakea, 3 Tables, Sharks Cove and Ke Iki. They advise staying away from shorelines and ledges along the water and to be aware of surges. Officials also reported a total of 43 rescues on the North and West shores due to the huge surf on Wednesday.

Here is a breakdown of rescues and preventative actions on Oahu beaches Thursday:

South Shore:

  • Rescues: 84
  • Preventative Actions: 378
In Waikiki we had surf 12-15 ft. faces. Lifeguards responded to broken surfboards, broken leashes. The outer surf spots were firing consistently and sets were coming in one after another.

Ala Moana:
  • Rescues: 0
  • Preventative Actions: 83
  • The surf at Ala Moana, although big, wasn't as clean as in Waikiki.
West Shores:
  • Rescues: 22
  • Preventative Actions: 140
  • Surf reached 20-30 ft. faces at Makaha.
East Shores:
  • Rescues: 17
  • Preventative Actions:250
  • The surf averaged 6 ft. faces at Sandy Beach.
North Shores:
  • Rescues: 5
  • Preventative Actions: 695
  • The surf reached 24-30 ft. faces. at Waimea Bay with larger sets on the outer reefs. About a dozen broken boards at Waimea Bay and Pipeline.
Surf Forecast:

Peak surf heights of 20 to 25 feet -- rising to 20 to 30 feet in the evening -- along north- and west-facing shores of Niihau and Kauai, and along north-facing shores of Oahu, Molokai and Maui. Peak surf heights of 10 to 15 feet -- rising to 12 to 18 feet in the evening and on Saturday -- along west-facing shores of Oahu and Molokai. Peak surf heights of 10 to 15 feet along west-facing shores of the Big Island. Surf will gradually diminish Thursday and Friday but remain at or above warning level thresholds.

Impacts: very high, expect ocean water surging and sweeping over beaches, coastal benches, lava flows, and roadways creating the potential for significant impacts to coastal properties and infrastructure, including roadways. Large breaking waves will affect exposed Harbor entrances and channels.

Surf heights of 8 to 12 feet -- rising to 12 to 15 feet in the evening and on Saturday -- are expected along west-facing shores of Maui, 6 to 9 feet -- rising to 7 to 10 feet in the evening and on Saturday -- along south-facing shores of Oahu, and west-facing shores of Lanai and Kahoolawe.

The following beaches have been closed off due to the high surf (as of Thursday):
  • Keawaula Beach at Kaena Point State Park
  • Hapuna Beach

Click here to view photos from the swell: http://bit.ly/15sZXn3
Click here to view photos from the 2009 Eddie: http://bit.ly/1a8kUpc

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