High wind warning for most of Hawaii extended through Monday

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The National Weather Service in Honolulu has extended a high wind warning for portions of Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, Kahoolawe and Hawaii Island through late Monday afternoon and a wind advisory for the remainder of the state through Monday.

Winds are easterly at 25 to 35 mph, with gusts to 60 mph through the afternoon, decreasing to 45 mph at night and Monday.

The high winds did major damage especially in Central Oahu Sunday.

It was a busy day for Honolulu firefighters, with at least four blown-off roofs, five downed trees, and several more incidents island-wide to deal with.

A 100-foot tree by the H-2 Freeway entrance near Launani Valley uprooted and smashed the guard rail just before 1 p.m.

“The tree was obstructing one of the lanes,” fire captain Brian Yee said, “so we sealed off the road and then cleared it by cutting away the tree branches in the roadway.”

Yee said as Albezia trees get bigger, the calls for help for downed trees continue to rise.

Speaking of which, firefighters also responded to three downed trees within an hour’s time.

On Wikao Street, a fallen tree caused some damage, as portions of the concrete sidewalk buckled, with water gushing out of a hole in the ground.

Mililani resident Ruben Ramos lives down the street, and said the wind “woke up my daughters last night. The power’s out twice. It’s pretty bad. Normally, I could sleep through anything. It was pretty bad last night.”

Firefighters sealed off the house next door to the Ramos family, because a tree fell onto the roof. Ramos said no one was hurt because the house’s top unit was vacant.

High pressure north-northeast of the islands will support trade winds over the islands for most of next week. Winds will be especially strong and gusty through Monday.

An upper-level disturbance combined with moisture associated with an old front will cause the trade wind flow to be especially wet over windward Maui and Big Island through Monday and possibly Tuesday.

Weaker trade winds and fewer showers are expected for the second half of the week.

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