High winds traveling across the state

Downed tree on Komo Mai Drive in Pearl City. Courtesy: Dennis Barry.
Downed tree on Komo Mai Drive in Pearl City. Courtesy: Dennis Barry.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for most of the state until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

A high wind warning is also in effect for Big Island summits until midnight Thursday.

High Wind Advisory:

  • Winds: Northwest 25 to 35 miles per hour with localized gusts over 40 miles per hour. The strongest winds will affect parts of the Maui central valley.
  • Timing: Through sunset Wednesday. Winds should diminish Wednesday evening.
  • Impacts: Winds this strong can bring down tree branches and make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions: A wind advisory means that sustained winds of at least 30 miles per hour or gusts of at least 50 miles per hour are expected. Motorists should use extra caution.

High Wind Warning:

  • Winds: West 50 to 80 miles per hour with localized gusts over 95 miles per hour. Will affect some areas near the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa
  • Timing: Through Wednesday evening. Winds should star to diminish late Wednesday Night.
  • Impacts: Winds this strong can make driving very difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions: A high wind warning means that winds at the summits are expected to be at least 56 miles per hour, with gusts over 66 miles per hour. Take necessary precautions to protect property. Travel to the summit areas should be delayed until winds subside.

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