Wind advisories issued for most of state

Wind advisories issued for most of state
Wind advisories have been posted for Maui County, Hawaii island. (Source: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Wind advisories remain in effect for most of the state due to continued strong northeast trade winds.

The advisory is in effect for portions of Maui County and Hawaii island until 6 p.m. Thursday.

In Maui County, the advisory covers the islands of Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe and Maui (with the exception of the Haleakala summit area).

On Hawaii island, the advisory covers the Kohala District along with the northeast and southeast areas of the island.

The entire islands of Kauai and Oahu will be under a wind advisory until 6 a.m. Thursday.

Sustained northeast winds of 20 to 35 miles per hour are expected, with localized gusts over 50 miles per hour.

Winds this strong can topple trees and cause power outages. Motorists are urged to drive with extreme caution, as the winds can also make it difficult to drive in high profile vehicles, such as larger trucks and SUV’s.

Here are selected highest wind gusts during the 24-hour period that ended at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Not all the data are considered to be official:

BIG ISLAND

  • Kohala Ranch, 61 mph
  • Kamuela, 51 mph
  • Waikoloa, 49 mph
  • Bradshaw Army Airfield, 43 mph
  • Kailua Kona Airport, 41 mph

MAUI COUNTY

  • Kahului Airport, 45 mph
  • Kapalua Airport, 38 mph
  • Molokai Airport, 38 mph
  • Lanai Airport, 38 mph

OAHU

  • Oahu Forest NWR, 56 mph
  • Honolulu Airport, 39 mph

KAUAI

  • Lihue Aiport, 38 mph

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