Elevated East Shore Surf Through Thursday

January 13, 2020, 7:39 AM HST · Updated January 13, 7:39 AM
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East Maui, High Surf. File photo by Wendy Osher.

A high surf advisory has been issued for the East facing shores of Maui and Molokaʻi, in effect until 6 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020.

The National Weather Service says strong to near gale force trade winds will produce large and rough surf along east facing shores through the middle of the week. Surf may begin to decrease late Wednesday as the trades begin to decrease.

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Surf along affected shoes will be 8 to 12 feet through Wednesday, lowering to 6 to 10 feet Wednesday night. Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves.

The NWS says we can expect strong breaking waves, shore break, and strong longshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.

Beachgoers, swimmers and surfers are asked to heed all advice given by ocean safety officials and exercise caution. “Know your limits; when in doubt, do not go out,” the NWS advisory states.

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