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Turbulent Seas Expected For Maui, Molokaʻi

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High surf at Ho‘okipa Beach on the North Shore. File photo by Madeline Ziecker.

A northwest swell spreading down the island chain could generate high surf off Maui and Molokaʻi shores, the county announced today.

The National Weather Service has issued a high surf advisory for Mauiʻs north shore, as well as the north and west facing shores of Molokaʻi, effective until 6 this evening.

Officials say waves off Maui could reach 12 to 16 feet, with 8 to 12-foot swells expected for Molokaʻi. These forecasted heights are estimates of the “face,” or front of waves, the NWS explained.

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Beachgoers are advised to exercise caution and heed all advice from ocean safety officials, as swimming in rough waters can become “difficult and dangerous.”

“Know your limits; when in doubt, don’t go out,” an announcement from the county read.

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