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Wind advisory issued for Big Island, record rainfalls in Hilo

By Hawaii 24/7 Staff

National Weather Service advisories and watches.

National Weather Service advisories and watches.

A wind advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday (Feb 26) for Ka‘u, Kohala, Hamakua and East Hawaii including the areas of South Point, Pahala, Hilo, Volcano, Honokaa, Waimea and Waikoloa.

A high pressure system North of the Big Island is producing strong and gusty winds. If the strong winds continue the advisory could be extended past Tuesday.

Winds are forecast to be in the 20-35 mph range with localized gusts over 45 mph. The strongest winds will be where winds are accelerated over riges, through valleys and down slopes.

The strong winds can send trees, branches and other objects into roadways, power lines and/or equipment. These winds can make driving difficult especially for high profile vehicles. Motorists should use caution while driving.

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 record daily maximum rainfall of 2.64 inches was set in Hilo Saturday (Feb 23). This breaks the old record for the day of 1.83 inches set in 2007. This is the second consecutive day of rainfall records set in Hilo and the third record set for the month of February. Friday saw a record daily maximum rainfall of 5.26 inches in Hilo.

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