Thursday | January 18, 2018
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High surf advisory issued for north-facing shores

Big Island residents are advised to stay alert this weekend after the National Weather Service issued a high surf advisory Friday.

The advisory, which remains in effect until 6 p.m. Sunday, forecasts possible swells of 10-15 feet along north-facing Big Island shores as an “extremely large northwest swell” moves in. The highest threat will coincide with high tides, which will occur at 2 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, although the surf is expected to rise rapidly this afternoon and evening as well.

Hawaii County Civil Defense warned residents and beachgoers Friday to be on alert along affected shores. Boat owners and oceanfront residents are encouraged to secure their property, while travelers should be on the lookout for road closures.

The National Weather Service predicts a 20 percent chance of scattered or isolated showers tonight into Sunday.


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