Wind alerts issued for leeward and mountain areas, high summits
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - High wind alerts have been issued for leeward and mountain areas of the islsnds, along with the summit areas of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island and Haleakala on Maui for strong winds that are expected Monday.
The National Weather Service in Honolulu issued a wind advisory until 6 p.m. Monday for leeward and mountain areas all islands except Niihau. Northeast winds of 30 to 40 miles per hour with gusts to 55 miles per hour will be possible at lower elevations, with the strongest winds on the downslope areas of mountains.
A high wind warning is in effect until 2 p.m. Monday for the Hawaii Island summits above 8,000 feet.
North winds of 50 to 60 miles per hour with gusts to 65 miles per hour will be possible during that period.
For the Haleakala summit, a wind advisory is posted through 2 p.m. Monday.
Northeast winds of 45 to 50 miles per hour are expected, along with gusts around 55 miles per hour.
Winds that strong can blow away unsecured objects and make it difficult to drive, especially in high profile vehicles. You should consider postponing travel to the summits until weather conditions improve.
The road to Mauna Kea’s summit was closed Monday.
The winds have strengthened in response to a strong upper level low pressure system northeast of the islands. The system could also bring some snow to the upper elevations on Hawaii Island, although temperatures will still be too warm to allow it to stick for long.
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