High wind, surf advisories up

High wind and surf advisories by the National Weather Service are in effect until today.

The wind advisory, to last until 6 p.m. today, covers portions of Maui County with winds strongest near mountains, through gaps and where winds blow downslope from higher terrain.

Northeasterly winds are expected to blow 20 to 35 mph with localized gusts exceeding 50 mph. Winds this strong are capable of downing tents or other temporary structures and trees and causing power outages.

The high surf advisory for south-facing shores of all islands and east-facing shores of Maui, Molokai and Kahoolawe is up until 6 a.m. today.

A long-period south swell is generating the 6- to 8-foot surf.

Strong trade winds will bring large and rough surf to exposed east-facing shores through late in the week and could lead to extending the advisory, the weather service said.

The forecast for the central valley of Maui today is mostly sunny and windy. Northeasterly winds are expected to blow 15 to 30 mph. High temperatures should reach 78 to 83 degrees with lows of 63 to 68 degrees.