EVENT: The National Weather Service in Honolulu has ISSUED a HIGH WIND WARNING for MAUI COUNTY, in effect from 4:00 p.m. this afternoon through 6:00 p.m. Sunday. The High Wind Watch is no longer in effect.
A High Wind Warning means that winds are expected to be at least 40 MPH with gusts over 60 MPH.
EFFECTS: Northeasterly winds will increase quickly across the state today, in the wake of a weak front moving through. These winds will accelerate down lee slopes of most islands, and are likely to reach warning strength from late this afternoon or early evening through Sunday afternoon. Expect northeast winds of 30 to 45 MPH with localized gusts over 65 MPH.
For Maui County, the strongest winds will be in the lee of the mountain areas, across much of Lanai and Kahoolawe and through the central valley of Maui from Wailuku to Maalaea Harbor.
WINDS THIS STRONG CAN RESULT IN DAMAGED ROOFS, BROKEN AND FALLING TREE BRANCHES, DOWNED TREES, DOWNED POWER POLES AND POWER LINES, RESULTING IN INTERRUPTIONS TO POWER, AND FLYING DEBRIS IF OUTDOOR ITEMS ARE NOT PROPERLY TIED DOWN.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: RESIDENTS SHOULD BRING IN OR TIE DOWN ANY LOOSE OUTDOOR ITEMS AND ARE ENCOURAGED TO TRIM OLDER AND WEATER TREE BRANCHES THAT MAY IMPACT THEIR RESIDENCE. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT, ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.
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.