Wind advisory extended for Lanai, Maui, Big Island

Wind advisory extended for Lanai, Maui, Big Island
A wind advisory is posted for Lanai, Maui and the Big Island (Hawaii News Now/file)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The winds are howling through much of the state, and are strong enough for a wind advisory to be extended for the island of Lanai and most of Maui and the Big Island through 6 a.m. Friday.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu said strong northeast winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour with localized gusts to 50 miles per hour are possible. Winds this strong could break tree branches, cause sporadic power outages and slam car doors without warning.

Winds will be even stronger on the summits of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on the Big Island, with northeast winds of 40 to 50 miles per hour with gusts to 55 miles per hour.

The advisory covers the entire island of Lanai, the island of Maui except for the summit of Haleakala, and the Big Island except for the Kona districts.

Stronger gusts will be possible over central and leeward areas of Maui, higher elevations of Lanai, and the leeward Kohala, Kau and Humuula Saddle areas of the Big Island.

Trade wind speeds are forecast to gradually decrease Friday through Monday.

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