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Wind Advisory & Fire Weather Warning Issued for All Islands Until 6 pm Sunday

October 9, 2021, 11:03 AM HST
* Updated October 9, 11:05 AM
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Wind Advisory. PC: file by Wendy Osher.

The National Weather Service has extended its Wind Advisory and Red Flag Warning for all Islands until 6 pm Sunday.

Expect East winds of 20 to 30 mph, with gusts to 50 mph.  

Winds this strong can bring down trees and branches, cause potential power disruptions, blow away unsecured objects and make driving difficult. 

A red flag warning means critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly.  A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will create rapid fire growth potential. 

A red flag warning does not predict new fire starts. 

A High Surf Advisory also is in effect for East facing shores of Maui and Molokaʻi until 6 pm Sunday due to the strong trade winds.

The surf is expected to be between 7 and 10 feet. Expect strong breaking waves, shore break, and strong longshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.

Precautionary Measures:  Beach goers, swimmers and surfers should heed all advice given by ocean safety officials, and exercise caution. Boaters should expect recreational surfers and body boarders utilizing harbor channels to access surfing areas. 

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The Maui County Emergency Management Agency will continue to monitor the situation. National Weather Service information can be obtained at weather.gov/hfo or by calling 1-866-944-5025. For more information visit the Maui County website at mauicounty.gov.

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Visit the MEMA website at mauicounty.gov/emergency for preparedness tips and hazard information. 

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