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Rough surf expected to die down today

Drivers navigate around debris washed onto Iao Valley Road on Tuesday morning. The downpours that flooded roads and caused landslides Monday gave way to sunnier skies the next day, though the Puu Kukui gauge in the West Maui Mountains still recorded nearly 3 inches of rain over a 24-hour period ending at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Maui and Molokai are under a high-surf advisory until 6 a.m. today, with the large waves that pounded north shores over the weekend expected to slowly diminish through today.

Surf of 16 to 20 feet was forecast for north-facing shores of Maui and Molokai, while waves of 12 to 16 feet were predicted along west-facing shores of Molokai, according to the National Weather Service.

Maalaea Bay will be under a small-craft advisory from 6 a.m. today to 6 p.m. Sunday, with north winds of 25 knots expected.

Inexperienced mariners, especially those in smaller vessels, should avoid navigating in these conditions, the weather service said.

Meanwhile, the state Department of Health issued a brown-water advisory for the island of Maui on Tuesday following heavy rains the previous day.

The department also canceled a high bacteria count advisory Tuesday for Cove Park in Kihei after water sample testing results showed that enterococci levels no longer exceeded the threshold level. The advisory was first issued Friday.

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