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Wind advisories for Big Island, wind gusts over 65 mph forecast

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The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Wind Advisory for South Point, Pahala, Hilo, Volcano, Honokaa, Waimea, Waikoloa and Big Island summits over 8,000 feet through 6 p.m. this evening (April 14).

Winds in the Leeward Kohala area, Waimea to Kawaihae corridor, the Western Saddle area and near South Point are forecast to be in the 20-35 mph range with localized gusts over 45 mph.

For Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea above 8,000 feet winds are forecast to be from the Northeast at 35-50 mph with localized gusts over 65 mph.

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. The winds can also forcefully swing doors open or shut so use caution when opening or closing vehicle doors.

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.

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