The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a HIGH WIND WATCH, in effect from Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.
A High Wind Watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph, or gusts of 60 mph or stronger, may occur.
EFFECTS: Northerly winds, following an approaching front, are expected to be strong and gusty. These winds will accelerate down lee slopes of most islands, likely producing the greatest effects there. Wind speeds leeward may reach warning strength from Saturday afternoon until Sunday evening. Wind speeds will rise through the day on Saturday, and then remain high through Sunday before starting to diminish on Sunday night. Expect northeast winds of 35 to 45 mph with localized gusts over 65 mph.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT, ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION. SECURE ANY LOOSE OBJECTS THAT MAY BECOME AIRBORNE OR MOVE THEM INDOORS.
INFORMATION: Maui County Civil Defense will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts for any updates.
The NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. The NOAA Weather Internet services can be found at www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl .
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200.