(BIVN) – Winds are trending down and surf will peak later this morning, as a strong area of low pressure lifts northeastward and away from the state over the next couple of days.
Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense reported Monday morning that Public Works crews are working to clear multiple trees and utility poles from roadways and HELCO is working to restore power in the Hāmākua District.
As a result of a power outage in the greater Honokaʻa area, the Department of Education reports that Honokaʻa High School, Honokaʻa Middle School, and Honokaʻa Elementary School will be closed today.
The High Wind Warning for the Big Island has been replaced with a Wind Advisory, although the High Wind Warning is still in place for the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, where hurricane force winds continue. “The latest guidance shows the moisture depth remaining low enough to keep any wintry precip from occurring,” forecasters say, as the Winter Weather Advisory has been discontinued.
The National Weather Service has posted High Surf Warning for north and east facing shores of Hawaiʻi Island, where surf heights of 15 to 25 feet are expected along exposed north facing shores.
Hilo Bayfront Highway, Waipiʻo Valley Road, Laupahoehoe Point Road, and one lane of Highway 19 near the 38 mile marker is closed this morning.
Parks and Recreation will keep all beach parks and camping grounds closed until further notice.
“Be alert for poor driving conditions during your morning commute,” civil defense said. “Residents and beach-goers are advised to stay alert for dangerous ocean and wind conditions.”