Kauai officials close all north beaches due to surf

Ocean safety reports waves over 20-feet-tall

 UPDATED 11:28 AM HST Mar 21, 2013
LIHUE, Hawaii -

Kauai officials have closed all north-facing beaches, including Anahola, due to high surf conditions.

Ocean Safety officials report hazardous ocean conditions with waves over 20-feet-high.

The National Weather Service has issued a high surf warning for the north and west facing shores that will remain in effect until at least 6 a.m. Friday.  The warning calls for very strong shore breaks and dangerous rip currents, which make entering the water very hazardous.  The National Weather Service warns that anyone entering the water in these areas is risking significant injury or death.

Lifeguards will remain at the beach towers throughout the day to notify beachgoers of the closure.

The beaches will reopen as officials deem them safe for swimming.

For up-to-date information about ocean conditions, please speak to a county lifeguard, log onto www.kauaiexplorer.com, or call the Ocean Safety Bureau at 241-4984.

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