High surf advisory issued for south-facing shores

HONOLULU (KHON2) – The National Weather Service issued a high surf advisory for south-facing coasts across the state on Wednesday, July 13 around 3:16 a.m.

The advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday, July 14.

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According to NWS, a southerly swell will form and peak Wednesday evening before gradually decreasing Thursday.

NWS said waves will be seven to 12 feet high for all south-facing shores of all islands. Beachgoers can expect strong breaking waves, a shore break and strong inshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.

The NWS warns that extremely high tides over the next two afternoons could lead to saltwater flooding on beaches and low-lying coastal areas.

As a precaution, “bathers, swimmers and surfers should heed all advice given by ocean safety officials and exercise caution,” NWS said.

The gusty trade winds will continue through the coming weekend, with clouds and showers favoring windward and mauka locations.

Shower coverage increased overnight which will persist today as residual moisture from former Tropical Cyclone Bonnie moves in.

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Another increase in humidity and winds is expected this weekend as the remnants of Hurricane Darby pass south of the Big Island.

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