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High winds trigger warning and advisory for Big Island

Map courtesy of National Weather Service

Map courtesy of National Weather Service

High Wind Warning

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a High Wind Warning for Big Island summits and a Wind Advisory for other parts of the island.

A High Wind Warning remains in effect until 6 a.m. Sunday (Feb 15) for Big Island summits.

Winds are blowing from the southwest to west at 50-90 mph with localized gusts over 105 mph. Winds are expected to increase through tonight and peak on Saturday before easing on Sunday.

The strong winds can make driving difficult especially for high profile vehicles. Motorists should use caution while driving. The winds can also forcefully swing doors open or shut so use caution when opening or closing vehicle doors.

The Mauna Kea summit access road is closed above the Visitor Information Center due to these high winds. Information on summit road conditions can be found at mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu/current/ro…

Wind Advisory

A Wind Advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday (Feb 14) for Kona, Ka‘u, Hamakua, East Hawaii and interior portions of the Big Island.

Winds are coming from the south to southwest at 20-30 mph with localized gusts up to 50 mph especially in the Puna and South Hilo districts.

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. The winds can also forcefully swing doors open or shut so use caution when opening or closing vehicle doors.

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.

For links to the latest weather forecasts, reports, radar and satellite imagery visit our Weather Page at hawaii247.com/weather

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