High winds, surf continue to roll in

The Maui News

A high-surf advisory has been continued for north-facing shores of Maui and Molokai, and a wind advisory has been issued for the county, both until 6 p.m. today, the National Weather Service said.

A cold front to the north was expected to pass over the state Monday night with strong north-northeast winds filling in behind, the weather service said. Expect north-northeast winds of 20-35 mph, with localized gusts of more than 50 mph.

Winds will be strongest over ridge tops and through mountain gaps as well as leeward slopes of the islands. They can knock down tree branches and lead to power outages. Motorists in high-profile vehicles are urged to drive with caution.

Surf is expected to build to 15 to 20 feet this morning, the weather service said. A large northwest swell is behind the high surf. A reinforcing north-northwest swell will build today and peak tonight, compounding already dangerous surf along north-facing shores of Maui and Molokai.

The high surf, increasing north winds and high tides may lead to some over-wash in vulnerable areas this morning, the weather service said. Strong breaking waves and shore break and rip currents are expected.

The forecast for today is partly cloudy with scattered showers. High temperatures are expected to range from 75 to 80 degrees with lows of 62 to 67 degrees.