Wind wreaking havoc
Updated: 8 p.m.
The National Weather Service has posted a high wind warning for the summit area of Haleakala and a high wind advisory for all islands statewide.
A high pressure system building north of the state is generating the high winds that are creating power outages and park closures and wiped out play in the opening round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Kapalua. The tournament will begin again Saturday with two rounds scheduled.
Power outages related to the high wind and fallen trees have been reported for Haleakala and the Olinda area by Maui Electric Co. on Friday morning. A power outage for Makawao and Olinda was reported Friday evening.
The county has closed 4th Marine Division Park in Haiku until further notice after a 40-foot eucalyptus tree fell and “barely missed” a pavilion, said county spokesman Rod Antone on Friday.Two more trees are in danger of falling, he added.
A Hawaiian Telcom worker repairing phone lines was injured at about 1:40 p.m. Friday in Makawao when a 20-foot eucalyptus tree fell on the boom supporting the elevated basket he was in, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
Engine 5 responded to Meha and Hanamu roads and found a 34-year-old man with a lower right leg injury and some abrasions to his right arm. The patient was packaged and transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center. His injuries were not life-threatening
He was thrown from the basket when the tree fell.
The Haleakala warning is effect until 6 p.m. Saturday for areas above 6,000 feet. Winds from the east will be 40 to 45 mph with localized gusts of more than 65 mph.
The strong winds can create hazardous conditions for outdoor activities, including hiking. Those driving high profile vehicles are urged to exercise extreme caution.
The wind advisory for all islands has been extended until 6 p.m. Saturday.
Winds will be from the east, 20 to 35 mph with localized gusts of more than 50 mph.
The high winds can bring down tree branches, produce local power outages and make driving difficult especially for high profile vehicles.
The National Weather Service posted a high surf advisory for east facing shores of Maui and Molokai until 6 p.m. Sunday.
Rough and choppy surf rising from 6 to 9 feet was expected along east-facing shores of Maui and Molokai, caused by the strong trade winds. The surf was expected to rise Friday night and remain elevated through the weekend, the National Weather Service said.
Strong breaking waves and dangerous rip currents were expected.
For more on the effects of the weather, see Saturday’s Maui News.