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High surf, brown water hits Maui

A large wave crests a wall at the southeast corner of Maalaea Harbor on Sunday morning. The National Weather Service issued advisories for Maui County over the weekend as the islands were buffeted by high surf and strong winds. JEANNA THACKER photo

East-facing shores of Maui and Molokai are under a high surf advisory until 6 p.m. today, with waves of 7 to 10 feet predicted, according to the National Weather Service.

Strong breaking waves, shore break and strong longshore and rip currents are expected, and beachgoers should heed ocean safety officials and exercise caution, the weather service warned.

The state Department of Health also issued a brown water advisory for the island of Maui, after heavy rain sent stormwater runoff into coastal waters.

The public should stay out of floodwaters and stormwater runoff due to possible pathogens, chemicals and debris, the department said.

While not all coastal areas may be impacted by runoff, beachgoers should stay out if the water is brown, practice good hygiene and follow-up with their physicians if they have health concerns.

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