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High surf advisory and warning issued for Hawaii Island and Maui

Weather advisory map via National Weather Service/NOAA

Weather advisory map via National Weather Service/NOAA

11 a.m. Thursday (July 21) Hawaii County Civil Defense audio message

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a high surf advisory from 6 p.m. today (July 21) through 6 a.m. Friday (July 22) for east facing shores of Maui and Hawaii Island.

A high surf warning will be in effect from 6 a.m. Friday (July 22) to 6 a.m. Sunday (July 24) for east facing shores of Maui and Hawaii Island.

Surf for east facing shores is forecast to be in the 12-20 foot range on Friday with occasional higher sets. The potentially damaging surf is being generated by Tropical Storm Darby which is east of the Hawaiian Islands.

Coastal areas can expect ocean water surging and sweeping across beaches, coastal areas including properties and roadways. Powerful longshore and rip currents will make all ocean and beach activities dangerous.

The large breaking waves and strong currents may impact harbor entrances and channels causing challenging boat handling. Boaters should expect recreational surfers and bodyboarders using harbor channels to access surfing areas.

The large breaking surf, significant shorebreak and dangerous currents make entering the ocean very dangerous. Anyone entering the water could face significant injury or death.

Some beach parks may be closed during these high surf conditions. Beachgoers should follow the instructions of ocean safety officials.

A small craft advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Friday for Maalaea Bay, the Pailolo and Alenuihaha Channels, Hawaii Island leeward and southeast waters.

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