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High surf advisory for Hawaii Island, may reach warning levels later

Weather advisory map via National Weather Service/NOAA

Weather advisory map via National Weather Service/NOAA

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a high surf advisory for west facing shores of Hawaii Island through today and for east facing shores of the island through Sunday (Aug 30).

A west swell from former Typhoon Atsani appeared to have peak and has started a downward trend. An east swell from Hurricane Ignacio will build to advisory levels today…and continue to grow through the rest of the weekend…approaching warning levels late Sunday.

Warning level surf for east facing shores is possible early next week…but is highly dependent upon the strength and track of Hurricane Ignacio.

The high surf advisory for west facing shores is in effect until 6 p.m. this evening. Surf is forecast to be in the five to eight foot range.

The high surf advisory for east facing shores of Hawaii Island remains in effect until 6 p.m. Sunday (Aug 30). Surf is forecast to be five to eight feet today increasing to 10-14 feet late Sunday.

Coastal areas can expect strong breaking waves, shore breaks and strong longshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.

Beachgoers, swimmers and surfers should heed the advice given by ocean safety officials and be careful. Know your limits and when in doubt, don’t go out.

Boaters should expect recreational surfers and bodyboarders using harbor channels to access surfing areas.

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