HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The National Weather Service says an approaching cold front will bring gusty southwest winds and a few showers today. The front will bring increasing showers to Kauai late tonight, spreading to Oahu and Maui County on Saturday, with a few brief heavy downpours possible.
Winds will be especially gusty just ahead and along the front, with the strongest gusts occurring to the north and east of the mountains.
The NWS has issued a Wind Advisory ahead of an approaching front. Winds gusts could reach 50 mph. Forecasters say the approaching front will produce strong southwest winds late Friday afternoon through early Saturday.
"Periods of wind gusts to 50 mph can be expected over and to the northeast of terrain on most of the smaller islands as early as late Friday afternoon and will likely continue through the day on Saturday until the front moves through," according to the NWS.
Meanwhile, strong winds continue to hit the Big Island summits, with a High Wind Warning in effect until 6 a.m. Sunday. Summit winds will gradually increase later Friday and peak on Saturday.
The Wind Advisory will be in effect from noon Friday to 6 p.m. Saturday for portions of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui, Lanai and the Big Island of Hawaii.
- Winds: Southwest to west at 25 to 35 mph, with localized gusts over 50 mph, especially in the Puna and South Hilo districts.
- Timing: Through Saturday.
- Impacts: Winds this strong can bring down tree branches and make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Falling branches have led to localized power outages, with a Downed Power Line sparking a brush fire in the Puna District.
A Wind Advisory means that sustained winds of at least 30 mph. Or gusts of at least 50 mph, are expected. Motorists should use extra caution.