This post was updated at 7:49 p.m. Dec. 7
The National Weather Service has upgraded a wind advisory in North and South Kohala to a high wind warning. The warning is in effect through Friday evening.
The announcement means dangerous and severe sustained winds of at least 40 miles per hour, with gusts over 60 miles per hour, have been reported.
Due to the high wind warning, the Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency has announced the following are in effect:
- Residents should secure outdoor items such as canopies, trash cans, and outdoor furniture are bring them indoors.
- Strong winds will may cause hazardous driving conditions, especially for high profile vehicles.
- Be alert for downed utility lines; do not drive over or attempt to move utility lines as they may be energized.
- Treat intersections with inoperable or downed traffic signals as four-way stops.
Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for North and South Kohala, Hāmākua and island interiors including Daniel K. Inouye Highway (also known as Saddle Road) and Ka‘u through Friday.
Sustained winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour with localized gusts up to 50 miles per hour are expected, the Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency announced Wednesday afternoon.
Winds this strong can down trees, lift canopies, damage awnings and make driving difficult and dangerous.
Downslope winds could become accelerated.
In addition, a fire weather watch has been issued for the same areas beginning Thursday through Friday. Low humidity rates will lead to critical fire weather conditions. Outdoor burning is not recommended.
The public will be notified of any changes that may affect its safety.