UPDATE (4:30 p.m.) – The Wind Advisory has been discontinued for the lower elevations of Hawaiʻi Island, the National Weather Service says, although the advisory is still in effect for Big Island summits. The High Surf Advisory also remains in effect for north and east-facing shores.
(BIVN) – A Wind Advisory and a High Surf Advisory remain in effect for Hawaiʻi Island on Tuesday morning.
The National Weather Service in Honolulu says the surf “is associated with a combination of strong north-northeast winds”, and “large seas out of the northeast is expected along east facing shores.” North facing shores of the Big Island have been included in the advisory.
Strong winds are forecast at 25 to 35 mph with gusts over 40 mph. The High Wind Warning at the summits is no longer in effect, although gusts up to 65 mph are still expected.
“Due to the Wind Advisory, be aware that downed trees, power disruption, and road closures may occur without notice,” says Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense. “Please stay clear of downed power lines and report downed lines to authorities.”
Due to the High Surf Advisory for east facing shore, civil defense says the following are in effect;
- Bayfront Highway is closed.
- All beach parks are open at this time.
- Oceanfront residents and beach-goers along affected shores are advised to be on the alert for high and dangerous surf.
Earlier on Tuesday, officials reported the closure of Moku Ola, or Coconut Island, and the Queen Liliʻuokalani Gardens on Banyan Drive in Hilo. Both areas were open again by 8 a.m.