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High Surf Advisory issued for east shores as trade wind swell increases

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A High Surf Advisory is now in effect for the east-facing shores of the islands exposed to a large and rough swell generated by the gusty trade winds.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu said waves of 6 to 9 feet are expected along the east shores of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui and the Big Island.

The advisory has been extended until 6 p.m. Wednesday. 

Strong high pressure to the north-northeast of the state has produced the rough and damaging surf.

Waves this big will send ocean water surging and sweeping across beaches, coastal benches and lava flows, with the potential for the waves to reach coastal properties and infrastructure, including roadways. Powerful rip currents will also be present at most beaches.

The dangerous wave conditions mean that only highly experienced persons should enter the water. Others should remain off beaches, as the large breaking surf, significant shore break and dangerous currents make entering the water very hazardous. If in doubt, don't go out.

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