HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Strong trade winds across the state have prompted the National Weather Service to extend a Wind Advisory for most of the state until 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Forecasters said sustained winds of at least 30 miles per hour are expected, with localized gusts of up to 50 miles per hour.
The winds will be strongest near showers, in higher terrain and downslope areas of mountains.
The Kona coastline of the Big Island of Hawaii is the only area in the state that is not under the advisory.
Winds that strong can bring down tree branches and make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Motorists should use extra caution while this advisory is in effect.
A strong area of high pressure is responsible for the gusty trade winds. The high is expected to weaken slightly after the next 24 to 36 hours.