The National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch for Oahu effective Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.
Northeast winds are forecast in the 35-45 mph range with localized gusts as high as 65 mph. Leeward sloping areas could experience the greatest sustained wind speeds.
According to the Dept. of Emergency Management, when a high wind watch has been issued, you should prepare by securing loose objects outdoors that may blow about and avoid outdoor activity that exposes you to high winds. In addition, residents should consider the following high wind preparedness actions:
- Trim dead wood and weak/overhanging branches from all trees. Certain trees and bushes are vulnerable to high winds and any dead tree near a home can become a hazard.
- Secure lawn furniture, trash cans, holiday decorations, especially inflatables and other outside objects that could become projectiles in high winds. Detached carports and open garages have suffered damage in past high wind events.
- Prepare an emergency kit that includes a flashlight, battery operated radio and spare batteries in case of power outage.
- Drivers of large trucks and SUVs should be prepared for sudden gusts of wind which could cause momentary loss of vehicle control.
- Listen carefully for safety instructions from the Dept. of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service.
Should you have high-wind-related emergency, call 911 immediately.