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Northwest swell brings warning-level surf back to islands

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Although a large swell from earlier this week has dropped surf to advisory levels, a new northwest swell will bring more warning-level surf to the islands starting late Thursday.

In preparation, the National Weather Service has issued the following:

Niihau, Kauai, Molokai, Maui:

  • High Surf Warning issued for north and west shores until 6 p.m. Friday:
    • Surf along north-facing shores will build to 18 to 25 feet Friday. Surf along west-facing shores will reach 15 to 20 feet Friday.

Oahu:

  • High Surf Warning issued for north and west shores until 6 p.m. Friday
    • Surf along north-facing shores will build to 18 to 25 feet Friday. Surf along west-facing shores will reach 15 to 20 feet Friday.
  • High Surf Advisory issued for the Olomana area of Oahu from 6 p.m. Thursday until 6 p.m. Friday:
    • Surf build to 6 to 10 feet Friday.

Big Island:

  • High Surf Advisory for Kona coast from 6 p.m. Thursday until 6 p.m. Friday.
    • Surf build to 6 to 10 feet Friday.

Forecasters said surf will gradually subside through the weekend.

Some Hawaii beaches remain closed on Thursday due to the high surf this week, including Baldwin Park on Maui and Hilo beach parks in Keaukaha. 

Residents and visitors can expect ocean water to occasionally sweep across portions of beaches, very strong breaking waves and strong longshore and rip currents. Breaking waves may occasionally impact harbors making navigating the harbor channel dangerous.

Large breaking surf, significant shore break, and dangerous currents make entering the water very hazardous. Anyone entering the water could face significant injury or death. Boaters should be aware of an increased number of surfers and body boarders utilizing the harbor channel to access surfing areas. 

Visit the Hawaii News Now Weather Center to check our daily Surf Report and to use the Interactive Radar

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