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East Shore Surf to be 6-9 Feet

January 8, 2013, 8:38 AM HST
* Updated January 8, 2:56 PM
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Alau island located off of the picturesque Hāna shoreline in East Maui. Photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

A high surf advisory is in effect for the east facing shores of Maui and Molokai until 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, with surf heights expected to be 6 to 9 feet along affected shores.

Forecasters from the National Weather Service say a long upwind fetch of trade winds has generated large seas that will continue to produce rough and dangerous surf.

As a precaution, beach goers, swimmers, and surfers are cautioned to heed the advice of Ocean Safety officials and exercise caution.

In addition to elevated surf, advisory conditions also mean there will be strong breaking waves, shore break, and rip currents that can make swimming difficult and dangerous.

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A friendly reminder issued by NWS officials advises the public to, “Know your limits. When in doubt…don’t go out.”

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