Wind Gusts up to 50 mph Expected

February 26, 2013, 12:29 PM HST
* Updated February 26, 12:30 PM
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Sunset over Kaheawa Wind Farm.  File photo by Wendy Osher.

Sunset over Kaheawa Wind Farm. File photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

Strong and gusty trade winds are expected to effect portions of Maui and the Big Island through tonight as surface high pressure to the north strengthens.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say a wind advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. on Wednesday, with northeast winds blowing at 20 to 35 mph, and gusts over 50 mph near the mountains, gaps and where winds blow down-slope from higher terrain.

Locations in the advisory include Maui Island, Lanai and Kahoolawe.

Civil Defense authorities say winds at the summit will increase on Tuesday and may become hazardous.


Advisory level winds can being down tree branches and make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.  Motorists are advised to use extra caution while driving, and the public is advised to secure or move items indoors that are loose or have the potential to become airborne.

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