MAUNA KEA, Hawaii: A high wind warning is in effect for Big Island summits on Wednesday.
The National Weather Service says the east winds will be 35 to 45 mph, with gusts up to 65 mph at times.
The winds are expected to remain strong all day and the warning will be in effect until 6pm this evening.
The weather service says the high winds can make hiking and driving on the summit hard. Last night, Mauna Kea rangers even closed the road to the summit, because of reported hurricane force winds.
As of 4 :30 a.m., the road was re-opened. Rangers left this message of the Mauna Kea Weather Center website:
Wind speeds remain high, but considerably less than last night’s hurricane strength. Wind advisories remain in effect for the summit through tonight. Please continue to use caution as conditions could change quickly. We will update this message as they do.
Mahalo and have a safe day!
The ranger phone message also warned that utility work may cause delays on the road today, as well.