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High Surf Warning Remains Posted Thru Wednesday

December 8, 2009, 3:16 AM HST
* Updated December 10, 6:48 AM
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A High Surf Warning remains in effect for the north and west facing shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai and Maui until 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

File Photo by Wendy Osher.

File Photo by Wendy Osher.

The first day of the advisory brought 45-foot surf to the north shore of Maui.  Three jet skis were lost Monday in the surf at Peahi where big-wave riders braved the 40 foot surf at the popular JAWS surf break.

Both Baldwin and Hookipa Beach Parks on Maui remained closed all day Tuesday.  Surf at Baldwin on Monday washed large amounts of sand into the park’s pavilions and forced the relocation of the lifeguard tower inland to prevent damage to the structure from the surf.

Surf will be 30 to 40 feet along north facing shores through tonight with occasional 50 foot waves on outer reefs but lowering to 25 to 35 feet Wednesday.  Surf along west facing shores will be 15 to 25 feet through tonight, lowering to 10 to 20 feet on Wednesday

A high tide of approximately 1.3 feet is expected between 9:17 p.m. and 10:35 p.m. this evening (Tuesday).  The next high tide of approximately 2.1 feet is expected between 08:18 a.m. and 09:36 a.m. Wednesday morning.

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