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Wind advisory extended for Maui, Molokai; high surf expected

A wind advisory was extended for parts of Maui and Molokai, with northeast winds of 20 to 30 mph and localized gusts up to 50 mph anticipated.

The National Weather Service said the advisory will be posted until 6 tonight.

Winds this strong are capable of bringing down weaker tree branches, which could lead to localized power outages.

Meanwhile, a high-surf advisory was issued early today for north- and east-facing shores of Maui and Molokai, as well as other parts of the state.

The advisory will remain in effect until 6 a.m. Monday, according to the service, with waves expected to reach 18 to 24 feet on north sides and 8 to 12 feet on east shores of the islands.

Rough ocean conditions make swimming difficult and dangerous, and beachgoers should be cautious.

Waves may drop slightly Monday, but the high surf advisory will likely be extended for the same shorelines into Monday afternoon, the service said.