Strong winds close upper portion of Haleakala Park 5/20/10

May 20, 2010, 10:25 AM HST · Updated December 27, 8:42 PM
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(Update: 8:15 a.m. 5/21/10)

May 21, 2010 – 8:00 a.m.

EVENT:   The National Weather Service in Honolulu has CANCELED the WIND ADVISORY for MAUI COUNTY.

EFFECTS:  Winds at Haleakala summit have diminished to under 30 mph, the threshold for a wind advisory.

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PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES:   PERSONS SHOULD REMAIN CAUTIOUS OF THE DIMINISHING WINDS.

(Update: 10:25 a.m. 5/20/10)

Posted by Wendy Osher

High winds forced the closure of the uppermost section of Haleakala National Park today (Thursday, May 20, 1010).  Park officials closed the area between the upper visitor (Haleakala Visitor Center) center and Red Hill (the very top) as a precautionary measure.  All park visitor centers remained open.

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Park visitors are reminded to drive carefully and when parking, park into the wind so car to prevent damage to car doors.

The National Weather Service extended the wind advisory for the Summit of Haleakala until 6 p.m. Friday, May 21, 2010.  The agency is forecasting winds of 25 to 40 mph with higher gusts through Friday afternoon.

Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.  Motorists are advised to use extra caution and secure any loose items that may become airborne, or move them indoors.
The NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025.

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