Showers and gusty winds have arrived on Maui ahead of a cold front. While brisk winds and scattered showers precede the approaching weather system, the “big” stuff isn’t expected until later today and tonight.
The National Weather Service has continued the WIND ADVISORY for MAUI COUNTY, in effect from noon today until 6:00 p.m. Saturday.
A Wind Advisory means that sustained winds of at least 30 mph, or gusts of at least 50 mph are expected.
EFFECTS: An approaching front will bring strong southwest winds later today and continuing through early Saturday. Periods of wind gusts to 50 mph can be expected over higher northeast terrain of the smaller islands as early as this afternoon, and will likely continue through Saturday.
A High Surf Advisory has been allowed to expire. However, swimmers and beach goers are urged to be cautious as large wind-driven sets can be dangerous. A little like “Victory at Sea,” remember to never turn your back to the ocean.
Expect southwest winds of 15 to 30 mph, with localized gusts over 50 mph, for northeast terrain. Winds will be increasing this afternoon, with the strongest winds expected later tonight and early Saturday.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: WINDS THIS STRONG CAN BRING DOWN TREE BRANCHES AND MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT, ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. MOTORISTS SHOULD USE EXTRA CAUTION.
INFORMATION: Maui Civil Defense Agency will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather broadcasts for any updates. NOAA Weather Broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. 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.