(BIVN) – The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a High Wind Warning for Hawaiʻi Island summits, which is in effect until 6 p.m. HST Wednesday. The Wind Advisory and the High Wind Watch are no longer in effect.
Southwest winds will blow at 45 to 65 mph, forecasters say. The strong winds will make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
The Mauna Kea Access Road is closed at the Visitor’s Station, at the 9,200 foot elevation due to high winds, gusting over 65 mph, rangers say.
“Very strong winds aloft associated with an incoming low pressure system will produce High Wind Warning speeds on the Big Island summits tonight and Wednesday,” the National Weather Service stated. “A High Wind Warning means that winds at the summits are expected to be at least 56 mph, with gusts over 66 mph. Take necessary precautions to protect property. Travel to summit areas should be delayed until winds subside.”
A High Surf Advisory is also in effect for north facing shores. Surf heights are from 10 to 15 feet.