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Experts seek long-term solutions to North Shore’s chronic erosion problem

SUNSET BEACH, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - On Oahu’s North Shore, residents with beachfront properties are breathing a sigh of relief after this past weekend’s powerful storm wasn’t as destructive as they feared. But they’re not out of the woods just yet.

Experts say North Shore residents shouldn’t let their guard down because another warning-level swell is expected Wednesday and this one is forecast to come from the east-northeast — the same direction that has been known to cause significant coastal erosion in the past.

Surf along the North Shore will be in the 15- to 18-foot range Tuesday — big, but not nearly as massive as it was over the weekend, though it will still be sloppy and unrideable because of the windy conditions.

Sunday’s monster swell — with waves believed to have hit 60 feet — was possibly one of the largest in more than a decade. As the powerful winter storm rolled in, it registered the highest open ocean swell — reading from the Hanalei and Waimea buoys off Kauai — in about 15 years.

The swell, which hit the North Shore more from the west and northwest, was not as damaging as many feared.

While storm surge did flow into several oceanfront properties and high winds toppled trees, residents were relieved to find it didn’t drag away precious sand and further contribute to growing concerns about coastal erosion in the area.

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