Wind, high-surf advisories in effect through 6 p.m. Thursday

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Maui, Lanai and Kahoolawe and continued a high-surf advisory for north- and east-facing shores of Maui and Molokai until 6 p.m Thursday.

A wind advisory means that sustained winds of at least 30 mph or gusts of at least 50 mph are expected. High pressure building north of the islands will drive strong and gusty trade winds across parts of the state today, according to the weather service. Winds are expected to be coming from the northeast 20 to 35 mph with localized gusts to 45 mph across Maui’s central valley, Lanai and Kahoolawe.

Winds this strong can bring down tree branches and make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles. Motorists should use extra caution.

A high-suurf advisory means that high surf will affect beaches, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.

A north-northeast swell will create high-surf advisory conditions along most north- and east-facing shores through Thursday afternoon, according to the weather service. Expect surf of 10 to 15 feet along north-facing shores and 8 to 12 feet along east-facing shores. Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves.

Maui Civil Defense Agency is monitoring the situation. Listen to local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts for any updates.

NOAA Weather Broadcasts can be reached by calling toll free (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 by calling 986-1200.