Wind Advisory taking effect for much of state

Wind Advisory taking effect for much of state

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Wind Advisory is in effect for parts of Maui County and the Big Island, and will be expanded to the rest of the state Saturday.

The National Weather Service said the advisory is in effect until 9 p.m. Friday for parts of west and central Maui, Lanai, and much of the Big Island including Waikoloa, Honokaa, Kamuela, Hilo, Volcano, Pahala and South Point.

The advisory will take effect statewide Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Winds of 15 to 30 miles per hour with gusts to 50 miles per hour are expected. Some of the strongest winds will be in areas directly exposed to the gusty trades, as well as mountain gaps and areas leeward and downslope of mountains.

Strong wind gusts can down power lines and trees and blow loose objects around. Localized power outages will be possible, and the winds may make it difficult to drive higher profile vehicles.

Strong high pressure north of the islands is responsible for the strong trades. The winds should ease up a bit late Saturday night and Sunday, but will remain blustery.

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