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Wind, High Surf and Small Craft Advisories for the Big Island continue

UPDATED (9:24 PM on 4/3/2014)

Wind Advisory

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has extended the Wind Advisory for the Big Island until midnight tonight (April 3).

Included in the advisory are North and East Kohala, South Point, Pahala, Hilo, Volcano, Honokaa, Waimea and Waikoloa.

Winds are coming from the East at 25-35 mph with localized gusts over 50 mph. The strongest winds will impact the typically windier areas from Waimea to Upolu Point and in the Leeward areas of the Kohala Mountain Range and near South Point.

The strong winds can send trees, branches and other objects into roadways, power lines and/or equipment. Winds this strong can damage roofs and cause flying debris if outdoor items are not properly tied down. These winds can make driving difficult especially for high profile vehicles. Motorists should use caution while driving.

Hawaii Electric Light Company (HELCO) reminds people that if you see a downed power line you should stay as far away as possible and report any damage or outages to their dispatch center at (808) 969-6666.

High Surf Advisory

There is a High Surf Advisory for the East facing shores of the Big Island until 6 a.m. Friday (April 4).

Surf is forecast to be five to eight feet along East facing shores.

Coastal areas can expect strong breaking waves, shore breaks and strong longshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.

Beachgoers, swimmers and surfers should heed the advice given by ocean safety officials and be careful. Know your limits and when in doubt, don’t go out.

Boaters should expect recreational surfers and bodyboarders using harbor channels to access surfing areas.

Small Craft Advisory

There is a Small Craft Advisory in effect until midnight tonight (April 3) for Big Island Windward waters. The Small Craft Advisory will continue until 6 p.m. Friday (April 4) for the Alenuihaha Channel along with Big Island Leeward and Southeast waters.

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