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High surf generated by Hurricane Olaf affecting east and south facing shores

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 warning for east facing shores of Hawaii Island until 6 p.m. Saturday (Oct 24). A high surf advisory has been issued for south facing shores of Hawaii Island.

Surf generated by Hurricane Olaf is forecast to be 12-18 feet along east facing shore of Hawaii Island. Surf of 5-8 feet is forecast along south facing shores.

Coastal areas can expect strong breaking waves, shore breaks and strong longshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous. Ocean water will occasionally sweep across portions of beach areas.

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. Sunday (Oct 25) for Hawaii Island leeward, southeast and windward waters.

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