Wind advisory issued for Hawaii Island areas


A wind advisory has been issued for areas of Hawaii Island through 6 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters in Honolulu are calling for northeast winds of 15 to 35 mph with localized gusts topping 50 mph. On the Big Island, the stronger winds will be focused in the leeward Kohala area, the Waimea-to-Kawaihae Corridor, the western Saddle area and South Point.

Winds this strong can bring down tree branches and make driving difficult, particularly for high-profile vehicles, forecasters cautioned.

A wind advisory means that winds of at least 30 mph or gusts of at least 50 mph are expected. Motorists are advised to use extra caution.