Wind advisory for Big Island summits and lower elevations
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the summits of Maunakea and Mauna Loa on the Big Island that will be in effect from 6 p.m. on Wednesday until 6 p.m. on Friday.
The National Weather Service also issued a wind advisory for lower elevations of Hawaiʻi Island from noon Wednesday through Friday afternoon. Winds of 25 to 35 mph with localized gusts of more than 50 mph are expected. The high winds will be mainly over and downwind of terrain.
Strong high pressure will develop north of the state on Wednesday and drift slowly eastward Thursday and Friday. The high will drive strong and gusty trade winds that will be accelerated over and downwind of island terrain.
For the summits, East winds of 35 to 55 mph with localized gusts of more than 60 mph are expected.
Winds this strong can make driving and walking difficult. The winds can forcefully open doors and damage hinges or slam doors shut, possibly causing injuries.
Consider postponing travel to the summits until conditions improve. If you must travel to the summits, use extra caution walking and driving.