Wind advisory extended for parts of Big Island; high surf advisory also in effect
This story was updated at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27.
The National Weather Service in Honolulu has extended a wind advisory in effect for portions of the state, including several areas on the Big Island.
A high surf advisory for east-facing shores of the Big Island also remains in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday. Expect 7 to 10 feet of surf building to 10 to 14 feet Wednesday.
A very strong high pressure system far north of the Hawaiian Islands will continue to produce strong and gusty trade winds through much of the work week. Wind speeds will exceed advisory threshold throughout many parts of the state at least through Wednesday.
The forecast is for east winds of 25 to 35 mph, with localized gusts up to 55 mph.
Winds this strong can tear off shingles, knock down tree branches, blow away tents and awnings and make it difficult to drive, especially for 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.