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High wind warning continues for parts of the Big Island

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a high wind warning until 6 p.m. this evening for areas of the Big Island.

Winds are coming from the Northeast at 30-45 mph with localized gusts up to 60 mph.

The strongest winds will be focused in the Leeward Kohala area, the Waimea to Kawaihae corridor, Western saddle areas and North of Kailua-Kona in the North Kona district.

A wind advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. for the areas of South Point, Pahala, Bradshaw Airfield and Saddle Road above 5,000 feet.

Winds from the Northeast are 25-35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph in these areas. Winds should continue through late this afternoon.

The strong winds can send trees, branches and other objects into roadways, power lines and/or equipment. Winds this strong can damage roofs and cause flying debris if outdoor items are not properly tied down. 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 gale warning is in effect until 6 a.m. for Kauai Northwest and Leeward waters, the Kauai and Kaiwi Channels, Maalaea Bay, Pailolo and Alenuihaha Channels along with Big Island Windward, Leeward and Southeast waters.

A small craft advisory is in effect until 6 a.m. Monday for all remaining Hawaiian coastal waters.

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