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Hawaii swell biggest in decade: Famous beaches on Oahu closed

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A Hawaiian swell considered to be the biggest in a decade was predicted to hit the shores of Oahu Wednesday and continue throughout the week. Authorities closed famous beaches, especially the island's North Shore. NBC News reports Jan. 23 that weather forecasters warned surfers and beach goers that a dangerous surf could reach up to 50-feet high.

The waves are far too strong and powerful for ocean activities while a big storm and cold front makes its way across the Pacific island pathway. This Hawaii swell, the biggest in a decade has managed to postpone a surfing competition on the island. Up to 40 and 50-foot waves were predicted to form in the surf.

“Nobody has any business in the ocean,” Lt. John Hoogsteden said.

The National Weather Service said high winds and cold from the northwest triggered the Hawaii "super swell." Other swells are expected to hit other islands, but not to the extent of Oahu.

Photos showed a local boat harbor under water and one that was too rough to pass through due to the violent waves.

Lifeguards have placed yellow hazard tape around many areas and have warned people to stay off the beaches. The National Weather service has issued a high surf advisory that a "giant breaking surf" and "dangerous currents make it extremely hazardous to approach the shoreline," according to the report.

"Expect to encounter rip currents in or near any surf zone," the advisory warned.

The fact that this Hawaii swell said to be biggest in a decade is happening now will get the attention of many tourists and beach enthusiasts. 50-foot high waves is an impressive site for anyone to see!



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