High surf warning up for massive NW weekend swell

Advisory level surf lingers for west shores of Big Island

High surf warning up for massive NW weekend swell
A massive swell is bringing more dangerously large surf to north and west shores this weekend. (File) (Source: Hawaii News Now/file)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Warning level surf is rolling in for the north and west facing shores of much of the island chain.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a high surf warning for the north and west shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu and Molokai and the north-facing shores of Maui until 6 p.m. Sunday.

Surf is expected to reach 22 to 34 feet for the north and west shores of Niihau and Kauaii, and the north shores of Oahu and Maui, lowering to 18 to 24 feet Sunday night. Waves of 18 to 25 feet are possible for west shores of Oahu and Molokai, lowering to 12 to 18 Sunday night into Monday.

Surf along west shores of the Big Island are under a high surf advisory for waves of 5 to 8 feet.

Large breaking waves will bring ocean water surging and sweeping across beaches, coastal benches and lava flows. There will also be powerful longshore and rip currents present at most beaches in the warning area. The huge waves, significant shore break and dangerous currents will make entering the water very hazardous. Anyone entering the water could face significant injury or death.

Large breaking waves and strong currents will also affect north and west facing harbor entrances, including Haleiwa and Waianae on Oahu and Kahului Harbor on Maui.

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