Wind Advisory posted for parts of Big Island; Pahoa homes damaged when tree falls

PAHOA, Hawaii Island (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two homes in the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision of Pahoa were damaged Saturday during high winds and rain, but no one was injured, authorities said.

According to the Hawaii County Fire Department, the homes were damaged when a tree toppled by high winds fell on them. The American Red Cross said it was assisting a family of four whose home was damaged by the tree.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service issued a Wind Advisory until midnight Saturday for the north and east portions and the Kohala Districts of the Big Island, as well as the summit areas of Haleakala. Winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 50 miles per hour were possible through the evening. The high winds are being caused by a surface trough moving through the islands. Winds are expected to diminish and veer to an east-southeast direction as the trough moves westward.

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