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High surf advisory and gale warnings for Big Island

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UPDATED (3/15/2014 at 3:27 PM)

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a high surf advisory for North, West and East facing shores of the Big Island.

West Facing Shores
A high surf advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. Sunday for West facing shores of the Big island.

Surf is forecast to be in the four to eight foot range through Sunday afternoon then drop below advisory levels Sunday evening.

North and East Facing Shores
A high surf advisory remains in effect until 6 a.m. Tuesday for North and East facing shores of the Big Island.

For North facing shores surf will be 12-16 feet then drop Sunday night. Surf for East facing shores is forecast to be in the eight to 12 foot range peaking tonight then start dropping thereafter, however it will still remain at advisory levels through Monday

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.

Mariners
A gale warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Monday for Kauai Northwest and Leeward waters, the Kauai and Kaiwi Channels, Maalaea Bay, Pailolo Channel, Alenuihaha Channel, Big Island Windward, Leeward and Southeast waters.

A small craft advisory until 6 a.m. Monday for Kauai, Oahu and Maui County Windward waters along with Oahu and Maui County Leeward waters.

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