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Saturday, April 19, 2014

High surf warning still in effect

The Emergency Management Office reminds the public that the high surf advisory it issued over the weekend remains in effect until 6pm tomorrow, Jan. 22.

EMO said that strong northeast winds will increase to near-gale at times through Monday night. Combined seas of 10 to 12 feet will rise to 13 to 15 feet by Monday.

The EMO notice also stated that its small craft advisory remains in effect until 6am Wednesday. Hazardous surf of 9 to 12 feet along north facing shores will build to 11 to 14 feet and surf will remain hazardous through at least Tuesday. Northeast winds are projected to rise to 25 to 30 knots through Monday night. Combined seas will build to 13 to 15 feet by Monday.

EMO warns the public to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those along north facing reefs as rip currents are life threatening. Mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid boating in these conditions. If travel by boat is necessary exercise caution especially near reef lines and when entering or leaving harbors and inlets.

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