High surf, wind advisories extended

High surf and wind advisories for Maui County have been extended until today, according to the National Weather Service.

The wind advisory is in effect until 6 a.m. today, with east to northeast winds of 20 to 30 mph and gusts up to 50 mph.

Winds this strong are capable of downing temporary structures and trees and causing localized power outages, the weather service said.

Strong trade winds are also stoking high surf, with an advisory in effect until 6 p.m. today. Waves of 8 to 12 feet are expected along east-facing shores of Molokai and Maui.

While the state Department of Health canceled a brown water advisory for Maui, it issued another one for the north shore from Waihee to Hookipa and West Maui from Honolua to Kahekili Beach Park, after heavy rains sent stormwater runoff into coastal waters. The department warned the public to stay out of floodwaters and stormwater runoff due to possible pathogens and debris.


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