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High Wind Watch Issued for Big Island Summits

November 28, 2021, 10:04 AM HST
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The National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch for Big Island summits.

A low pressure system approaching from the north is expected to produce strong winds over the summits of Maunakea and Mauna Loa later tonight through Monday afternoon.

A high wind watch means there is the potential for hazards. Sustained winds of at least 56 mph or gusts of 66 mph or stronger could occur. Winds are forecast to be 50-60 mph above the 8,000-foot level, with localized gusts of more than 65 mph possible.

The NWS says travel at the summits could be difficult during the watch period, especially for high profile vehicles.

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