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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 3:23 p.m., Thursday, December 28, 2006

Civil Defense expects big North Shore waves tonight

Advertiser Staff

High surf that had been expected this afternoon likely won't be hitting the Islands until tonight, according to O'ahu Civil Defense officials.

Wave faces are predicted to reach 30 feet to 35 feet on the North Shore.

"National Weather Service tells us it probably not going to be up until later this evening," said Peter Hirai, plans and operations officer with O'ahu Civil Defense, adding that the rise is expected to start at about 8 p.m. or 9 p.m.

The prediction is based on when the big swells hit Buoy 1, Hirai said. The swells passed that offshore marker this morning.

Hirai said people out watching the waves should exercise caution, especially if standing on the rocky shore near the water.

Volunteers will be dispatched to key areas tonight to watch the surf and, if necessary, take precautions that could include closing roads.