Maui Surf

Northwest Swell Rolls in With 12-18 Foot Surf

March 4, 2013, 9:23 AM HST
* Updated March 4, 1:39 PM
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Photo by Madeline Ziecker.

File photo by Madeline Ziecker.

By Wendy Osher

A north-northwest swell is building today, resulting in high surf advisory conditions by noon.

The National Weather Service has issued a high surf advisory for the north and west facing shores of Molokai and the north facing shores of Maui until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5.

Surf is expected to build to 12 to 18 feet along the north facing shores, and 8 to 12 feet along the affected west facing shorelines.

Beach goers, swimmers and surfers are advised to use caution and heed the advice of ocean safety officials.

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High surf conditions can produce strong rip currents and localized beach erosion, making swimming difficult and dangerous.

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