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45 mph Wind Gusts Forecast for Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe

April 14, 2014, 8:13 AM HST
* Updated April 14, 8:17 AM
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Iwa bird. The Hawaiian saying, "Kīkaha ka ʻiwa, he lā makani," is translated as, "poises the frigate bird," and is said of a windy day. (Source: Pukui/Elbert - Hawaiian Dictionary) File photo by Wendy Osher.

Iwa bird. The Hawaiian saying, “Kīkaha ka ʻiwa, he lā makani,” is translated as, “poises the frigate bird, a windy day,” and is said of a handsome person who draws attention, as does the ʻiwa bird poised aloft. (Source: Pukui/Elbert – Hawaiian Dictionary) File photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

A wind advisory is in effect for the Lānaʻi and Kahoʻolawe in Maui County until 6 p.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014.

The National Weather Service is forecasting winds to be from the northeast blowing at 20 to 35 mph with localized gusts upwards of 45 mph through tonight.

Forecasters say, “winds this strong can bring down tree branches and make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.”

The NWS also issued wind advisories for parts of Oʻahu and the Big Island of Hawaiʻi, saying the strongest winds are forecast over the Koʻolau and Waiʻanae mountains of Oʻahu, and the leeward Kohala, Waimea to Kawaihae corridor, and western Saddle areas near South Point of Hawaiʻi Island.  

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Motorists in affected areas are advised to drive with extra caution.

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***Supporting information courtesy National Weather Service/ NOAA.

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