Cold Front off Kauai Brings Wind Advisory to Maui

January 17, 2012, 12:18 PM HST · Updated January 17, 12:19 PM
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Maui palm trees. File photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

A cold front northwest of Kauai brought wet weather to the Garden Isle today, but is resulting in gusty winds for the rest of the state.

The National Weather Service issued a Wind Advisory for Maui and Molokai until 6 p.m.

Forecasters say winds will be southerly, blowing at 15 to 20 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph.

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The winds are expected to be the strongest across north and east sections of the islands, enhanced in down-slope areas.

Forecasters with the NWS say winds will peak early this afternoon, then begin to diminish by evening.

As a precaution, motorists driving high profile vehicles are advised that the winds will make driving difficult. Any loose items or object that may become airborne should be secured or left indoors.

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