'Biggest swell of season' forecast
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By Mike Gordon and Peter Boylan
Advertiser Staff Writers
You could call it Big Wednesday.
The National Weather Service said yesterday a cold front will produce strong southwest winds of 35 mph to 40 mph for much of tomorrow for south- and west-facing areas. But the winds will gust to even stronger speeds as they travel downslope in Windward areas.
Mountainous waves are forecast and a high-surf advisory is in effect today.
The weather service said tomorrow's surf could be "the biggest swell of the season."
Weather service forecaster Norman Hui said, "We will probably get up to 45 feet."
Winds gusted to 35 mph yesterday, but were expected to weaken somewhat before tomorrow, Hui said.
Lifeguards on the North Shore were putting up warning signs at beaches.
"Don't expect to come to the North Shore and go swimming," said John Hoogsteden, a lieutenant with the City and County Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division.