By Hawaii 24/7 Staff
The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Wind Advisory for Ka‘u and North Hawaii from noon today (Dec 13) through 6 p.m. Sunday.
Winds are forecast to come from the Northeast at 20-40 mph with localized gusts over 50 mph. The strongest winds will be focused in the Leeward Kohala area, Waimea to Kawaihae corridore, near South Point and near Upolu 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. 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 Gale Warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Monday (Dec 15) for Maalaea Bay, the Pailolo and Alenuihaha Channels, Big Island Leeward and Southeast waters.
A Small Craft Advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Monday (Dec 15) for Big Island Windward waters.