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40 mph Wind Gusts Expected at Haleakala

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Summit area of Haleakala on Maui. File photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

(Update: 6:56 a.m. 10/12/12)

The National Weather Service has extended the Wind Advisory for the Summit of Haleakala, including Haleakala National Park above the 6,000 foot elevation, now in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday. A Wind Advisory means that winds of 30 mph and gusts of 50 mph are expected.

(Posted: 10:48 a.m. 10/12/12)

A Wind Advisory is in effect until Friday night at the Big Island Summits, and at the Summit of Haleakala here on Maui.

Winds are expected to be in the 25 to 35 mph range, with gusts of up to 40 mph in areas above the 6,000-foot elevation.

Forecasters from the National Weather Service say winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

Motorists should use extra caution while driving, and secure any loose objects that may become airborne.