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Wind Advisory issued for much of Big Island until Sunday

Wind kicking up dust near Pohakuloa Training Area. (Photo courtesy of Brad Ballesteros)

By Hawaii 24/7 Staff

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Wind Advisory from 6 p.m. this evening for the Big Island North and East, Kohala along with South Point, Pahala, Hilo, Volcano, Honokaa, Waimea and Waikoloa, Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea over 8,000 feet until 6 a.m. Sunday (Dec 25).

Winds are forecast to be 20–35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. Winds will be strongest over and immediately downwind of mountains. The strong winds are expected to rise tonight and peak Saturday before slowly declining.

Winds on Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea are forecast to be 20-30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.

The high winds can make driving high profile vehicles like vans, trucks and SUVs difficult. Loose objects like trash containers and yard furniture should be secured.

A Small Craft Advisory is in effect until 6 a.m. Saturday (Dec 24) for the Pailolo Channel, Alenuihaha Channel, Big Island Leeward waters and Southeast waters. A Gale Watch will be in effect Saturday morning through late Saturday night for the Pailolo Channel and Alenuihaha Channel, Big Island Leeward waters and Southeast Waters.

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