Gale Watch, Small Craft Advisories Issued for Big Island Waters
Thursday, March 5, 2020: National Weather Service Honolulu
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THURSDAY TO 6 AM HST FRIDAY
GALE WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON
What: For the small craft advisory, east winds 20 to 25 knots with gusts up to 35 knots and seas 6 to 8 feet expected. For the gale watch, east winds 25 to 35 knots with gusts up to 45 knots and seas 8 to 13 feet possible.
Affected Areas: Alenuihaha Channel
Impacts: Strong winds can cause hazardous seas that could capsize or damage vessels and reduce visibility.
A gale watch is issued when the risk of gale force winds of 34 to 47 knots has significantly increased but the specific timing and/or location is still uncertain. It is intended to provide an additional lead time for mariners who may wish to consider altering their plans.