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Gale Watch, Small Craft Advisories Issued for Big Island Waters

March 5, 2020, 12:45 PM HST
* Updated March 5, 12:29 PM
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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

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Impacts: Strong winds can cause hazardous seas that could capsize or damage vessels and reduce visibility.

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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.

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