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Big surf, high winds expected today

LIHU‘E — The National Weather Service has issued a high surf warning for north-facing shores of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau through 6 a.m. Friday. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.

The service forecast calls for dangerous surf 20 to 25 feet along the north-facing shores of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau. A very large north swell was expected to build from Wednesday night into Thanksgiving Day.

This swell will produce surf reaching warning-level heights along the north-facing shores of Ni‘ihau and Kaua‘i, according to the weather service. The swell coincides with gale-force northeast winds, up to 46 miles per hour, as well as the high tide during the early morning hours on Thursday and Friday.

Significant overwash issues and large wave run-ups along north-facing shorelines may result, according to a press release from the County of Kaua‘i.

Entering the water in these areas during the warning period is very hazardous and could cause serious injury or death. Beachgoers are also advised to use extreme caution, as large breaking waves could make it dangerous for those standing along the shoreline.

For updated information on ocean and weather alerts, see the National Weather Service website,

For up-to-date information about Kaua‘i ocean conditions and ocean safety, speak to a county lifeguard at any lifeguard station, visit, or call the Kaua‘i Fire Department Ocean Safety Bureau at 808-241-4984.
Source: The Garden Island

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