Surf declining, but a high surf advisory remains in effect

Surf declining, but a high surf advisory remains in effect
Surf will rise near warning levels for north shores. File image: Jock Goodman (Source: Jock Goodman)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A high surf warning has been canceled for the north shores of Maui County and the Big Island, but a high surf advisory will remain in effect for the north and east shores of most of the islands.

The National Weather Service said the high surf advisory will remain posted until 6 p.m. Monday for the north and east-facing shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui and the Big Island.

Surf along north shores was forecast at 16 to 22 feet overnight, lowering to 12 to 18 feet Monday.

East shore waves are forecast to hold at 8 to 12 feet overnight, lowering to 6 to 9 feet Monday. There could still be locally higher sets for east shores that are exposed to the northerly swell.

On the Big Island, Hawaii County Civil Defense officials closed county beach parks, Coconut Island, Onekahakaha and Kealoha-4 Miles and Bay Front Highway Sunday due to the high and dangerous waves.

The combination of swells could also cause surges in Kahului and Hilo harbors through Monday and also produce breaking waves in the harbor entrances. Mariners should use caution when entering or leaving port and when mooring or launching vessels.

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