Cold front brings heavy rain and strong winds to Hawaiian Islands

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A winter cold front is making its way across our island chain, dropping significant amounts of moisture as it passes.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), winds have gusted to 46 mph at Kahuku, and near 40 mph on Maui. Very localized areas on the Big Island have seen enhanced Kona winds this afternoon, with some tree damage and power outages in portions of the Puna and Kau districts. These areas will have a couple of hours more of these winds, they will then taper off as the winds shift more westerly this evening and overnight.

The north facing slopes of Kauai has seen the most rain, 1.30 inches at Wainiha.

NWS models show the front will maintain strength across Maui county this evening, but will weaken severely it crosses the Big Island overnight.

There is a slight Risk of freezing drizzle is possible for the Big Island summits as the front passes tonight, but the front will be weakening, so the chance is too low for winter weather highlights at this time. The main story for the Big Island summits will be the high winds which will continue to gust above 70 mph through tonight.

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