HAWAII ISLAND – The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for the Island of Hawai’i from Saturday at noon through Sunday.
Strong northeast trades of 25 to 40 mph will impact the island chain, with localized gusts to 60 mph, forecasters say. The winds could be damaging.
Hawaii County Civil Defense says the highest winds are expected Saturday evening for the areas of Kohala, Waimea, Kawaihae, Waikoloa and the Saddle Road. Other areas may also experience high winds.
“Winds this strong can result in damaged roofs, broken and falling tree branches, downed power poles and power lines,” the National Weather service warned, “resulting in interruptions to power, downed trees, and flying debris if outdoor items are not properly tied down. Residents should bring in or tie down any loose outdoor items, and are encouraged to trim older and weaker tree branches that may impact their residence.”
“If you have outdoor plans for the weekend, be prepared for very windy conditions,” civil defense says.
The National Weather Service has also issued a High Surf Advisory for all Hawaii Island waters from Saturday through Sunday.