UPDATE (5:50 p.m.) – Hawaiʻi Police report several trees have fallen in the Hilo and Puna Districts. County and State road crews are working to clear roadways, officials say. Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense issued an audio message (above).
(BIVN) – High winds are causing problems in Hilo, where police report downed trees.
Crews worked this afternoon to clear a fallen tree that was blocking one lane of traffic at the intersection of Highway 11 and Lama Street in the Panaʻewa section of Hilo, for example.
“Other downed trees due to the high winds are impacting the Hilo District,” Hawaiʻi Island police wrote in a Nixle alert. “Please drive with caution and expect unannounced delays in impacted areas.”
The National Weather Service in Honolulu issued a Wind Advisory for much of Hawaiʻi Island on Monday, and a High Wind Warning for the summits.
North to northeast winds of 25 to 30 mph with localized gusts to around 50 mph were forecast across the lower Puna district, around Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, and the areas around Hilo and Kailua-Kona.