HAWAII ISLAND: Strong winds battered Hawaii Island on Monday.
On the summit of Mauna Kea, hurricane force winds forced the closure of the Mauna Kea Summit Access Road at the Visitor Information Station, where winds were in excess of 80 mph.
Down below, power outages hit parts of the island. A tree fell on Opelo Road in Waimea, crushing a truck beneath, as seen in this photo by Photo by Bob Bonar.
Winds also fanned the flames of a brushfire in Ka’u that closed Highway 11 near Pahala. [MORE: Brushfires burns in Ka’u, force evacuation]
The winds are being caused by two high pressure systems Northeast of the islands and should reduce to moderate strength on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.
There was a Gale warning until 6 p.m. Monday night for the Alenuihaha and Pailolo Channels surrounding the Big Island. A small craft advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday for all other Hawaiian waters.