High surf advisory canceled for all islands

Published: Jun. 5, 2013 at 8:08 PM HST|Updated: Jun. 6, 2013 at 7:29 PM HST
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Source: Jenn Hunt - Taken Wednesday at Sandy Beach
Source: Jenn Hunt - Taken Wednesday at Sandy Beach

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - [Update 3:20 p.m.]

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has canceled the High Surf advisory.

Surf heights have dropped below advisory levels.

[Original story posted below]

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has extended a High Surf Advisory for south facing shores of all islands.

NWS forecasters say a large south swell will produce hazardous surf along exposed south facing beaches through Thursday afternoon.

  • Surf: 8 to 12 ft with sets to 14 ft, dropping overnight to 6 to 9 ft Thursday.

  • Impacts: moderate, expect strong breaking waves, Shore break, and strong Longshore and Rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.

On Wednesday, lifeguards rescued 123 people from high surf in Waikiki and conducted 739 preventative actions.

The High Surf Advisory is now in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday.

Ocean Safety officials continue to ask surfers to call 911 if you suspect someone is in trouble in the ocean or you need to report a broken board that was not recovered.  

 Ocean Safety says there have been cases where people reported their unrecovered boards and unnecessary search efforts were prevented.

Surf is not the only concern in Maili, Shark warnings signs are were posted after a 10 foot shark was spotted swimming near shore and it was seen still hanging out in the area thirty minutes later.

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