East Shore Surf to be 6-9 Feet

January 8, 2013, 8:38 AM HST · Updated January 8, 2:56 PM
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Alau island located off of the picturesque Hāna shoreline in East Maui. Photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

A high surf advisory is in effect for the east facing shores of Maui and Molokai until 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, with surf heights expected to be 6 to 9 feet along affected shores.

Forecasters from the National Weather Service say a long upwind fetch of trade winds has generated large seas that will continue to produce rough and dangerous surf.

As a precaution, beach goers, swimmers, and surfers are cautioned to heed the advice of Ocean Safety officials and exercise caution.

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In addition to elevated surf, advisory conditions also mean there will be strong breaking waves, shore break, and rip currents that can make swimming difficult and dangerous.

A friendly reminder issued by NWS officials advises the public to, “Know your limits. When in doubt…don’t go out.”

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