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High surf and small craft advisories for the Big Island

By Hawaii 24/7 Staff

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a high surf advisory for North and West facing shores of the Big Island until 6 a.m. Sunday (Jan 19).

Surf is forecast to be in the 12-20 foot range along North facing shores while West facing shore are forecast to get surf in the eight to 10 foot range.

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.

A small craft advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday (Jan 18) for the Alenuihaha Channel, Big Island Windward, Leeward and Southeast waters.

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