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Strong gusts trigger wind advisory

Smoke from a Waiawa brush fire Smoke from a Waiawa brush fire
Fire fighters work to patch a Manoa roof Fire fighters work to patch a Manoa roof
Keith Munson Keith Munson
Terri McMahon, left, & John Farese Terri McMahon, left, & John Farese

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It was another cool, but noisy night of high winds.

On Monday, a wind advisory went into effect.

It was so gusty, the winds even brought out firefighters to parts of the island.

Powerful trades fueled a wildfire in Waiawa, making for a tough battle for firefighters.

Flames broke out early in the morning and weren't contained until the evening.

The wildfire didn't threaten any property, but did scorch 30 acres.

Fierce winds also sent firefighters climbing the top of a house in Manoa after parts of its roof blew off.

The National Weather Service says winds this strong can make for difficult driving conditions.

One man says the trades tested his patience.

"It's very windy. It causes the elevators not to close. It took like 20 minutes just to come downstairs.

{The wind} won't let the doors close for some reason, I guess the air pressure builds up," said Keith Munson, a Honolulu resident.

Along the streets of Waikiki, one couple was among those walking around, bundled up, although the New Yorkers didn't mind.

"The wind is velvety. It's there but it feels wonderful," said Terri McMahon, a visitor from New York.

It's mild weather compared to the East Coast winters, but quite a roller coaster for the islands, which just got over a tsunami.

The National Weather Service says the wind advisory is expected to last through Tuesday.

 

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