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Strong Wind Warning in Effect for Big Island Mountains

April 14, 2019, 3:54 PM HST (Updated April 15, 2019, 8:05 AM)
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Wind, Small Craft and High Surf Advisories are in effect for the Big Island.

3:38 PM, Sunday. April 14. 2019: WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MONDAY

WINDS: NE 15 to 30 mph with localized gusts over 50 mph. Winds will be strongest over and immediately downwind of the mountains.

IMPACTS: Winds this strong could knock down tree branches and coconuts. Sudden gusts may make it difficult to control vehicles. Power outages are possible.

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SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM HST MONDAY

Winds and Seas.: East winds 15 to 25 knots with gusts up to 35 knots. Seas 6 to 11 feet. The Small Craft Advisory will likely be extended later tonight for the typically windy waters around the Big Island.

HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM HST MONDAY

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SURF: 6 to 10 feet tonight along east facing shores of the Big Island lowering to 4 to 8 feet
Monday.

IMPACTS: Moderate; Expect strong breaking waves, shore break, and strong longshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

Use extra caution when driving. Avoid hiking in forested areas. Be sure sensitive electronics are protected from power outages.

A Small Craft Advisory means that wind speeds of 25 to 33 knots and/or seas 10 feet or greater are expected to produce conditions hazardous to small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid navigating in these conditions.

Beachgoers, swimmers, and surfers should heed all advice given by ocean safety officials and exercise caution.

 

 

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