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Hawaii Island Weather Update for January 6th, 2020

Notice Level: Urgent (Information Update/Action Needed)

Wind Advisory and Warning remains in effect for parts of Hawaii Island until 6:00 pm Tuesday evening (January 7th). Wind Advisory remains up for the Saddle region, summits of Maunakea and Mauna Loa and South Hawaii districts and High Wind Warning has been posted for North and South Kohala districts, all remain in effect until Tuesday warning.

A high surf advisory continues to remain in effect for North and East facing shores of Hawaii Island until Friday evening (January 10th). Also directly related to windy conditions. Surf of 6 to 8-feet expected, with it building 7 to 10-feet on Tuesday.

High Wind and Rough Ocean Conditions were factors in a rescue incident offshore of Puako Monday morning.

A rather breezy to locally windy trade wind weather pattern is in store for this week due to high-pressure north of the area. Moisture embedded in the trades will provide for passing windward and mauka showers over the next few days with the trades sufficiently strong enough to blow some brief passing showers over to leeward areas at times. A wetter trade wind pattern is setting up for the second half of the week as an upper low move over the area from the east.

Strong trade winds near and upstream of the islands will produce increasingly large and rough surf along east facing shores.

The strongest gust was recorded at Kawaihae Harbor at 45 mph at the lower elevations and gust of 46 mph recorded at Maunakea.

High winds contributed to kayakers and a paddleboarder getting into distress in waters offshore of Puako in South Kohala Monday morning. Please click here to view the update on that incident.

No power or other utility outages to report at this time. No road or lane closures related to the windy conditions were reported as of 5:00 pm Monday evening.


HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM HST TUESDAY * WHAT...East winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. * WHERE...The Kohala districts of the Big Island. * WHEN...Until 6 PM Tuesday. * IMPACTS...Damaging winds may blow down trees and power lines and damage roofs. Power outages are possible. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS Be prepared for power outages. Watch for falling trees and power lines when walking or driving. Stay away from downed power lines.


WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM HST TUESDAY * WHAT...Northeast winds 30 mph with gusts to 50 mph are expected. * WHERE...Portions of Kahoolawe, Lanai, Maui and the Big Island Hawaii. * WHEN...Until 6 PM HST Tuesday. * IMPACTS...Winds this strong will make driving difficult. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Wind Advisory means that sustained winds of at least 30 mph, or gusts of at least 50 mph, are expected. Motorists should use extra caution.



* WHAT...Surf 6 to 8 feet, building to 7 to 10 feet by Tuesday.

* WHERE...East facing shores of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui, and

Big Island.

* WHEN...Until 6 PM HST Friday.

* IMPACTS...Moderate. Expect strong breaking waves, shore break,

and strong longshore and rip currents making swimming

difficult and dangerous.


Beachgoers, swimmers, and surfers should heed all advice given by

ocean safety officials and exercise caution. Know your limits and

seek ocean recreation areas best suited for your abilities. When

in doubt, don`t go out.

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