Strong winds continue to whip island into disarray

The blustery conditions continued to cause problems in Maui County on Tuesday as roof paper and asphalt flew off a home on Molokai and the Hosmer Grove Trail on Haleakala was closed for safety reasons.

A wind advisory for Lanai, Maui and Kahoolawe was in effect until 6 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service. A wind advisory means that winds of 30 mph with gusts of 50 mph are expected.

On Molokai Tuesday, fire crews responded to a home in the area of Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove in Kalamaula around 11:19 a.m. where they found a 20-by-20-foot section of roofing blown off the house. The 400-square-foot section of torched down roof covering, consisting of roof paper and asphalt, had blown over the west-facing overhang of the home, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

Fire personnel pulled the roof covering back onto the roof and secured it back into place as a temporary fix, he said.

At the time, wind gauges on Molokai showed wind gusts in the 33- to 35-mph range, according to the National Weather Service.

Haleakala National Park officials said the Hosmer Grove Trail was closed over the Presidents Day weekend and remained closed Tuesday because of the strong winds. Park officials said they were worried that trees and tree debris could fall on hikers.

Winds were gusting in the 25-mph range Tuesday on Haleakala, but gusts were in the 50-mph range over the weekend, officials said. There also was rain.

Down the hill Tuesday afternoon, a wind gauge at Kahului Airport showed wind gusts in the 36-mph range at 3 p.m.

A high-surf advisory remains in effect for east facing shores of Molokai and Maui until 6 a.m. Thursday. Surf is expected in the 7- to 10-foot range with occasional higher sets along east facing shores.

Beachgoers should expect strong breaking waves and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.