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Strong winds, high surf continues for the Big Island

By Hawaii 24/7 Staff

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a wind advisory until 6 p.m. this evening (Dec 17) for North and East Kohala, South Point, Pahala, Hilo, Volcano, Honokaa, Waimea, Waikoloa and Saddle Road above 5,000 feet.

Winds are forecast to be 20-35 mph with localized gusts up to 50 mph. Winds will be strongest near higher terrain and downslope of mountains. These strong winds are most likely to occur over the Kohala and Ka‘u districts, Waimea, Waikoloa and near Kawaihae.

A strong high pressure system North of Hawaii is creating the strong trade. Winds from this system can bring down tree branches onto roadways and make driving difficult especially for high profile vehicles. Motorists should use caution while driving.

The strong winds can also send trees, branches and other objects into power lines and/or equipment. Hawaii Electric Light Company (HELCO) reminds people that if you see a downed power line you should stay as far away as possible and report any damage or outages to their dispatch center at (808) 969-6666.

A high surf advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday (Dec 19) for East facing shores of the Big Island.

Surf is forecast to be in the six to nine foot range. The large breaking waves will create very rough surf, hazardous conditions and dangerous rip currents.

A gale warning is in effect from 9 a.m. this morning until 6 p.m. Tuesday for the Kaiwi Channel, Maalaea Bay, Pailolo and Alenuihaha Channels.

A small craft advisory is in effect from 6 p.m. this evening until 6 p.m. Wednesday (Dec 19) for the Kaiwi Channel, Maalaea Bay, Pailolo and Alenuihaha Channels.

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