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Wind advisory issued for Hawaii Island, Kona getting strong winds

Weather advisory map via National Weather Service/NOAA

Weather advisory map via National Weather Service/NOAA

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has extended the wind advisory for Hawaii Island until 10 p.m. Tuesday (Oct 6).

The affected area is the Kona district where winds are coming from the north at 25-30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.

Hawaii Police Department reports that Kuakini Highway is closed between Palani Road and Kaiwi Street due to a large tree falling onto utility lines. Electrical service has also been affected in the area. Motorists are urged to drive with caution and to use alternate routes if possible.

Kuakini Highway is expected to be closed until about 8-10 p.m. tonight. Guests of King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel may detour through the Honda dealership to access the hotel parking lot.

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.

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