Update: Wind advisory extended for Big Island summits
Update at 7:06 a.m. Oct. 24: The National Weather Service in Honolulu has extended the wind advisory for Big Island summits until 6 p.m. today as strong upper level winds associated with a low pressure system north of the state continue to produce advisory conditions over Maunakea and Mauna Loa.
Southwest winds of 40 to 45 mph, with localized gusts of more than 50 mph, are expected to slowly decrease through this morning and afternoon.
Original story: The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory until 8 a.m. Tuesday in Hawai’i County.
Strong upper level winds associated with the low pressure system north of the state will produce wind advisory conditions over the summits lasting into Tuesday morning.
Strong wind speeds at summit level will slowly decrease through the Tuesday morning hours.
South to southwest winds 40 to 50 mph with localized gusts near 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.
Residents should consider postponing travel to the summits until conditions improve.
If travel to the summits is necessary, use extra caution walking and driving and be careful opening or closing doors.