NWS Issues Wind Advisory for Big Island
The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a wind advisory for portions of the Big Island in effect Sunday, Aug. 1, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Strong and gusty trade winds will build during the day on Sunday. Northeast winds 15 to 30 mph with localized gusts over 50 mph are expected. Winds will ease slightly Sunday night and Monday.
Areas affected include Kawaihae, Waikoloa, Waiki‘i, Pu‘uanahulu, Bradshaw Field, Saddle Road above 5,000 feet, Ocean View, South Point, and Pahala. Winds are currently fanning a brush fire in South Kohala that has grown to 14,000 acres with no containment as of Saturday night.
Winds this strong can tear off shingles, knock down tree branches, blow away tents and awnings and make it difficult to steer, especially for drivers of high profile vehicles.
Watch out for falling tree branches when walking or driving. Make sure tents and awnings are secure or take them down. Be prepared for power outages.