High-surf advisory in effect

A high-surf warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Friday for the north-facing shores of Maui and the north- and west-facing shores of Molokai, National Weather Service forecasters said.

North shores of both islands should see towering surf of 40 to 50 feet, while west shores on Molokai can expect waves 20 to 30 feet high.

The Department of Parks and Recreation has approved overtime today for county lifeguards, said spokesman Rod Antone. And, at Baldwin Beach Park, a lifeguard tower was moved inland, 50 yards from shore, to protect it from the high surf.

Weather forecasters said the warning means that “dangerous, battering waves will pound the shoreline.”

“This will result in very dangerous swimming conditions and deadly rip currents,” they said.

The surf is expected to build this morning, remain above warning levels Thursday night and stay above lower advisory levels Friday.

For more information, call (866) 944-5025 or go to www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl.