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Flooding, high surf expected this week

The National Weather service has warned of coastal flooding during high tides across Maui County through Thursday morning.

High astronomical tides and higher-than-predicted ocean water levels will combine to produce coastal flooding in the early morning hours, the weather service said. Water levels will gradually lower Friday through the weekend.

Impacts may include flooding of beaches that are normally dry, some minor coastal erosion and saltwater inundation of typically vulnerable low-lying roads, docks, boat ramps and other coastal infrastructure.

For tide predictions and water levels, visit tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov.

Maui and Molokai are also under a high-surf advisory until 6 p.m. today.

A new northwest swell was expected to build Monday night, peak today, then lower gradually tonight and Wednesday.

Waves of 14 to 18 feet are predicted along north-facing shores of Molokai and Maui, with surf of 10 to 14 feet along west-facing shores of Molokai.

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