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High Surf, Small Craft Advisories Issued for All Islands

July 6, 2015, 5:54 PM HST
* Updated July 6, 5:56 PM
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Small craft advisory, Graphic by Wendy Osher.

Small craft advisory, Graphic by Wendy Osher.

By Maui Now Staff

The National Weather Service in Honolulu issued a coastal hazard, high surf advisory for the south-facing shores of all the Hawaiian Islands through Wednesday, July 8, at 6 p.m.

A building south-southwest swell will peak on Tuesday and remain elevated into Wednesday.

Surf along south-facing shores is expected to be in the 6 to 9 feet range through the evening, rising to 7 to 10 feet tonight and Tuesday.

Moderate impacts are expected–strong breaking waves and strong longshore and rip currents will make swimming difficult and dangerous.

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Swimmers and surfers should heed all advice given by ocean safety officials and exercise caution. Boaters should expect recreational surfers utilizing harbor channels to access surfing areas.

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A small craft advisory has also been issued for waters and channels around Maui and Hawai‘i Island until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Northeast winds will be 20 to 25 knots and seas will be rough at 8 to 11 feet.

A small craft advisory means that wind speeds of 25 to 33 knots and/or seas 10 feet or greater are expected to produce conditions hazardous to small craft.

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Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid navigating in these conditions.

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