The Latest: Swells in Hawaii, California likely connected

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Unusually High Tides, Surf May Cause Flooding in Southern California

HONOLULU (AP) -- The latest on the big surf that's hitting Hawaii and California. (All times local.)

10:45 a.m.

The north shores of all of the Hawaiian Islands are under a high surf warning, and forecasters expect 25- to 30-foot waves.

Meteorologist Derek Wroe of the National Weather Service says it's the start of Hawaii's big-wave season.

He says the swells hitting both Hawaii and California are probably connected to the same low-pressure weather system in the Pacific Ocean.

Officials on Hawaii's Big Island closed six beaches because of dangerous surf conditions. Officials are shutting down one Maui because the parking lot is flooding.

Wroe warns spectators to keep a distance from the waves because what seems safe could become deadly in a short time. He says the waves in Hawaii are expected to gradually subside, but another big swell will begin to build Thursday night.

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The Latest: Swells in Hawaii, California likely connected
A group of boys play near the high surf at Ocean Beach Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in San Francisco. There have been no reports so far of coastal flooding as high tides and an arriving swell from a Pacific storm produced big surf along the central and Southern California coast. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
The beach patrol with the National Park Service watches over the high surf at Ocean Beach Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in San Francisco. There have been no reports so far of coastal flooding as high tides and an arriving swell from a Pacific storm produced big surf along the central and Southern California coast. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Courtney Levy sets out on a paddleboard after city workers placed a sandbag barrier where Pacific Coast Highway meets Huntington Harbour in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. There have been no reports so far of coastal flooding as high tides and an arriving swell from a Pacific storm produced big surf along the central and Southern California coast. The National Weather Service advised that waves between 3 and 6 feet pounded some areas where morning high tides were about 7 feet above normal, and that low-lying areas could see minor flooding. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
The beach patrol with the National Park Service watches over the high surf at Ocean Beach, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in San Francisco. There have been no reports so far of coastal flooding as high tides and an arriving swell from a Pacific storm produced big surf along the central and Southern California coast. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Waves break against the shore in Seal Beach, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. There have been no reports so far of coastal flooding as high tides and an arriving swell from a Pacific storm produced big surf along the central and Southern California coast. Waves between 3 and 6 feet pounded some areas where morning high tides were about 7 feet on Wednesday, National Weather Service forecaster Scott Sukop said. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
An earthmover creates a sand berm between oceanfront homes and the water in Seal Beach, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. There have been no reports so far of coastal flooding as high tides and an arriving swell from a Pacific storm produced big surf along the central and Southern California coast. Waves between 3 and 6 feet pounded some areas where morning high tides were about 7 feet on Wednesday, National Weather Service forecaster Scott Sukop said. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
After placing a sandbag barrier where Pacific Coast Highway meets Huntington Harbour in the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach, city worker John Arrollado checks the height of rising water, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. There have been no reports so far of coastal flooding as high tides and an arriving swell from a Pacific storm produced big surf along the central and Southern California coast. The National Weather Service advised that waves between 3 and 6 feet pounded some areas where morning high tides were about 7 feet above normal, and that low-lying areas could see minor flooding. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
A surfer negotiates a wave at Ocean Beach Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in San Francisco. Very high tides and swell arriving from a Pacific storm will combine to bring the possibility of big surf and minor flooding of low-lying points along parts of California's coast, the National Weather Service said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Two surfers share a wave at Ocean Beach Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in San Francisco. Very high tides and swell arriving from a Pacific storm will combine to bring the possibility of big surf and minor flooding of low-lying points along parts of California's coast, the National Weather Service said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
An earthmover creates a sand berm between oceanfront homes and the water in Seal Beach, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. There have been no reports so far of coastal flooding as high tides and an arriving swell from a Pacific storm produced big surf along the central and Southern California coast. Waves between 3 and 6 feet pounded some areas where morning high tides were about 7 feet on Wednesday, National Weather Service forecaster Scott Sukop said. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
A surfer rides a wave at Ocean Beach, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in San Francisco. Very high tides and swell arriving from a Pacific storm will combine to bring the possibility of big surf and minor flooding of low-lying points along parts of California's coast, the National Weather Service said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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5:45 a.m.

There have been no reports so far of coastal flooding as high tides and an arriving swell from a Pacific storm produced big surf along the central and Southern California coast.

National Weather Service forecaster Scott Sukop said Wednesday that waves between 3 and 6 feet pounded some areas where morning high tides were about 7 feet above normal.

He says the surf should start to subside by Thursday afternoon.

A coastal flood advisory is in effect through 2 p.m. Friday. The weather service warned that low-lying areas could see minor flooding, especially during high tides.

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