UPDATE (6:20 p.m.) – The High Wind Warning remains in effect for Hawaii Island summits until 6 a.m. HST Friday. The High Surf Advisory has been cancelled.
HAWAII ISLAND – A High Wind Warning and a High Surf Advisory are in effect for the Big Island.
The National Weather Service in Honolulu says the High Wind Warning is in effect until 6 p.m. HST this evening for Hawaii Island summits. An earlier Wind Advisory is no longer in effect.
West to southwest winds will be 50 to 60 MPH with gusts to 75 MPH.
The Mauna Kea Access Road is closed to the public at the 9,200 ft. Visitor Information Station due to the high winds on the summit, rangers report. The National Park Service has also closed the summit of Mauna Loa.
At the same time, a High surf Advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. HST this evening, with wave heights of 5 to 8 feet along west facing shores of the Big Island.
The National Weather Service says the advisory-level surf will linger, mainly from Kona to South Point, before trending down further tonight into Friday. Elsewhere surf will continue to drop below the advisory threshold through the day.
by Big Island Video News
HAWAII ISLAND (BIVN) - Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa summits are shut down to vehicular traffic this morning, with 75 mph wind gusts forecast.