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High wind warning for Big Island summits

Weather advisory map via National Weather Service/NOAA

Weather advisory map via National Weather Service/NOAA


Time-lapse movie of the summit area of Mauna Kea. Images courtesy of UH-Hilo.


Time-lapse movie of the Mauna Kea summit area with the Gemini Observatory. Images courtesy of Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a high wind warning for the summits of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea until 6 a.m. Monday (March 9).

Winds are coming from the west at 45-70 mph with localized gusts over 90 mph. The strongest winds are expected to be Sunday day and night.

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 was open Saturday but visitors should check the Mauna Kea Weather Center for the latest information on road conditions at mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu/current/ro…

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