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Small Craft Advisory issued for the Big Island

Map via NWS Forecast Office

Map via NWS Forecast Office

UPDATED (10:2 AM on 4/26/2014)

The Wind Advisory has been cancelled, a Small Craft Advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. this evening for all Hawaiian waters due to strong trade winds and rough seas.

(Posted 10:26 p.m. 4/25/14)

NWS Map

NWS Map

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Wind Advisory for the South, North and East Kohala areas of the Big Island along with interior areas until 6 p.m. Saturday (April 26).

Winds are forecast to come from the Northeast at 15-30 mph with localized gusts over 50 mph.

The strongs winds will be focused in the Leeward Kohala area, the Waimea to Kawaihae corridor and the Western Saddle area and near South Point. Strong winds are not expected to affect Hilo.

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.

A Small Craft Advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Sautrday for all Hawaiian waters.

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