HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Most areas of the state are now under a Wind Advisory until 6 p.m. as strong northeast trade winds continue to blow over the islands.
The National Weather Service said the smaller islands can expect sustained winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour are possible with gusts to 50 miles per hour. Forecasters said the windiest conditions are expected from late this morning into early this evening.
Winds will be stronger for Lanai and the Big Island, which have been under a Wind Advisory since early Wednesday. Winds for those areas could reach 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts to 55 miles per hour. Strongest winds on the Big Island will be around Kona, the Kohala District and the north Kau District.
The summit areas of Haleakala on Maui and Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on the Big Island are the only areas not covered by the advisory.
A Wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds are forecast at 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts to 50 miles per hour. Motorists, especially those in high-profile vehicles like large SUV's, are urged to drive with extreme caution.