Update: Wind advisory extended through Tuesday evening
7:41 a.m. Monday update: The National Weather Service has extended the wind advisory through Tuesday evening.
Impacted areas include North and South Kohala, Ka‘ū and Puna Districts.
Original post: A wind advisory is issued for Hawai‘i County through 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Strong high-pressure building north of the islands will bring strong and gusty trade winds to Kohala and leeward portions of the Big Island over the next couple of days.
With winds of 15 to 30 mph already gusting over 50 mph in leeward Kohala, northeast trade winds are expected to become especially gusty as a cold front moves through the island chain on Monday night, and this advisory may need to be expanded to include additional areas, and may also need to be extended through Tuesday.
Winds will shift to the northeast Monday night.
Winds this strong can tear off shingles, and can knock down holiday decorations and tree branches. Strong gusts can make it difficult to steer, especially for drivers of 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 localized power outages.