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High wind warning and advisories for the Big Island continue

Map courtesy of National Weather Service

Map courtesy of National Weather Service

High Wind Warning

The High Wind Warning for Big Island summits remains in effect until 6 a.m. Sunday (Feb 15).

Winds are blowing from the west at 60-80 mph with gusts near 100 mph.

The strong winds can make driving difficult especially for high profile vehicles. Motorists should use caution while driving. The winds can also forcefully swing doors open or shut so use caution when opening or closing vehicle doors.

The Mauna Kea summit access road is closed above the Visitor Information Center due to these high winds. Information on summit road conditions can be found at mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu/current/ro…

Wind Advisory

A Wind Advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. this evening (Feb 14) for Kona, Ka‘u, Hamakua, East Hawaii and interior portions of the Big Island.

Winds are coming from the southwest to west at 30-35 mph with localized gusts up to 55 mph. Police have reported road closures in Waimea and Puna due to trees and and utility lines coming down across roadways. Power has been reported to be out in various areas due to the damaged power lines.

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.

Marine Advisories

A High Surf Advisory is in effect for west and south facing shores of the Big Island until 6 a.m. Sunday (Feb 15).

Surf of six to eight feet are occuring on affected shorelines.

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 Advisories are in effect for Windward, Leeward and Southeast waters until 6 pm. this evening. A Gale Warning is in effect for the Alenuihaha Channel.

For links to the latest weather forecasts, reports, radar and satellite imagery visit our Weather Page at hawaii247.com/weather

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