HAWAII ISLAND – Locally strong trade winds are expected to continue for Hawaii Island today, while surf heights are expected to reach advisory levels along north facing shores.
The National Weather Service in Honolulu says a Wind Advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. this evening.
The strongest winds will occur over ridge lines and downwind of steep terrain, forecasters say. Areas most affected will be over and downwind of the Kohala Mountains, as well as locations south of Volcano. The strong winds are not expected in and around the city of Hilo.
Northeast winds 20 to 35 mph are possible, with gusts to 50 mph. “Strong winds may break small tree branches and cause localized power outages,” forecasters say. “Driving high profile vehicles may become difficult.”
Meanwhile, a large north-northwest swell will continue to produce high surf along exposed north facing shores through today.
10 to 15 ft. surf is possible through 6 p.m. this evening, forecasters say.