Strong winds forecast through Tuesday; advisory extended again

Wind causes power outage in Hawaii Kai, delays fix
Photo Courtesy: Orson Moon taken in Aiea
Photo Courtesy: Orson Moon taken in Aiea

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The National Weather Service (NWS) has extended a wind advisory for the Hawaiian Islands through Tuesday evening.

Forecasters now say the wind advisory is in effect until at least 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Strong sustained easterly trade winds of 20 to 35 miles per hour can be expected, along with localized gusts of 50miles per hour.

The strong winds can bring down tree branches and make driving difficult, especially in high-profile vehicles such as SUVs. Motorists should use extra caution, especially while driving on bridges and overpasses.

Kauai police say a 54-year-old Kalaheo woman suffered injuries to her ankle when a tree fell on her Saturday in the parking area of a golf course.

The strong winds can still cause localized power outages.

Strong and sprawling high pressure developing far to the north of the islands is responsible for the strong trade winds. There's a chance the winds could get even stronger mid-week.

Weather Service Data:

Max Gusts in 24-hour period

  • Lihue Airport, Kauai  -  36 mph
  • Kekaha / Barking Sands, Kauai - 25 mph
  • Honolulu International, Oahu - 38 mph
  • Kaneohe Bay MCAF, Oahu - 30 mph
  • Kalaeloa Airport, Oahu - 31 mph
  • Kahului Airport, Maui - 43 mph
  • Lahaina / West Maui, Maui - 55mph
  • Molokai Airport, Molokai  -  49 mph
  • Lanai City Airport, Lanai - 58 mph
  • Hilo International, Big Island -29 mph

For mariners, a Gale Warning is posted for the windiest marine zones around Maui County and the Big Island of Hawaii, with a small craft advisory for remaining Hawaiian near coastal waters, due to the strong winds. A Gale Warning is also posted for Hawaiian waters 40 to 240 nautical miles from the islands, including waters around the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument east of French Frigate Shoals.

The winds also have created rough and choppy surf for east-facing shores, where a high surf advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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