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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 10:53 a.m., Sunday, October 29, 2006

Weather Service issues high surf advisory

Advertiser Staff

Watch out for high surf on all islands except Lana'i, according to an advisory issued at 3 this morning by the National Weather Service.

The high surf advisory remains in effect for north and east facing shores until 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Forecasters say a large north swell generated by a storm in the North Pacific that is north-northeast of us will affect our island weather for the next few days.

The weather service predicts the swell will turn more out of the north-northeast area in the coming hours, which means that a high surf warning may be issued for east facing shores by Monday.

Forecasters urge beachgoers to stay out of the water and away from the shore break because of hazardous waves and strong rip currents.

That north swell also is expected to produce surges in the Hilo and Kahului harbors.

The swell will produce breaking waves near those harbor entrances, so mariners should use caution when leaving or returning to port, mooring and launching boats.

And a small craft advisory remains in effect for all Hawaiian coastal waters within 40 nautical miles including the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.