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Wind, High Surf and Small Craft Advisories for Hawaii Island

Weather advisory map via National Weather Service/NOAA

Weather advisory map via National Weather Service/NOAA

Wind Advisory

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a wind advisory for the Kohala Mountains and Waimea until 6 p.m. this evening (Nov 28).

Winds are forecast to be in the 25-35 mph range with gusts up to 50 mph. The advisory area includes Waimea and the surrounding area.

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.

High Surf Advisory

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a high surf advisory for the north and east facing shores of Hawaii Island until 6 p.m. Sunday (Nov 29).

Surf is forecast to be increasing to 10-15 feet by noon today (Nov 28) and 15-20 feet this afternoon. Surf is forecast to be in the 18-24 foot range Sunday (Nov 29).

Coastal areas can expect strong breaking waves, shore breaks and strong longshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.

Beachgoers, swimmers and surfers should heed the advice given by ocean safety officials and be careful. Know your limits and when in doubt, don’t go out.

Boaters should expect recreational surfers and bodyboarders using harbor channels to access surfing areas.

Small Craft Advisory

A Small Craft Advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Sunday (Nov 29) for Kauai northwest, windward and leeward Waters along with the Kauai Channel. Oahu windward and leeward waters along with the Kaiwi Channel. Maui County windward and leeward waters, Maalaea Bay, the Pailolo and Alenuihaha Channels. Hawaii Island leeward and southeast waters.

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