HAWAII ISLAND – Big Island residents may have to secure their outdoor holiday decorations as 50 mph winds are possible for parts of Hawaii County.
The National Weather Service says high pressure will strengthen today, increasing trade winds to advisory levels over portions of the state. NWS has issued a wind advisory for Hawaii Island. The advisory is now in effect until 6 p.m. HST on Monday.
“Areas conducive to the windier conditions include the Kohala Mountains, the interior Big Island areas such as
Saddle Road and the Island of Lanai,” forecasters say. “The strong winds will not affect the Hilo area.”
East winds are predicted to be at 25 to 35 mph with gusts over 50 mph. “Strong winds will cause loose objects to blow around, including outdoor holiday decorations,” forecasters warn. “Localized power outages are possible. Driving high profile vehicles may become difficult and motorists should use extra caution.”
A High Surf Advisory is also in effect until 6 p.m. HST Monday. Surf along north facing shores of the Big Island will be 10 to 15 feet, and 6 to 10 feet along the east facing shores. Water conditions will be very rough and choppy, forecasters say.