Wind Advisory, Red Flag Warning Issued for Big Island
The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for the Big Island from 6 a.m.. Sunday, July 31 to 6 p.m. that evening. Northeast to east winds 15 to 30 mph with localized gusts to 50 mph can be expected.
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.
NWS also issued a red flag warning for the same timeframe.
A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will occur shortly. The combination of dry fuels, strong and gusty trade winds, and low relative humidity levels could produce extreme fire behavior on Sunday, especially during the afternoon hours. A Red Flag Warning does not predict new fire starts.
Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly in these conditions, according to the National Weather Service. The public should not participate in any outdoor burning.