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Wind, surf and marine advisories for the Big Island

By Hawaii 24/7 Staff

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has continued the wind advisory until 6 p.m. this evening (Dec 18) for South Point, Pahala, Hilo, Volcano, Honokaa, Waimea, Waikoloa and Saddle Road above 5,000 feet along with the summits of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea above 8,000 feet.

Winds are forecast to come from the East at 20-35 mph with localized gusts up to 50 mph. Winds will be strongest near higher terrain and downslope of mountains. The areas of Kohala, Ka‘u, Waimea, Waikoloa and Kawaihae are most likely to be affected.

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. Thursday (Dec 20) for East facing shores of the Big Island.

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

A gale warning is in effect until 6 p.m. tonight for the Kaiwi Channel, Maalaea Bay, Pailolo and Alenuihaha Channels along with leeward and Southeast waters of the Big Island.

A small craft advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday (Dec 20) for Big Island windward waters.

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