HONOLULU (KHON) — Kauai expected to see increased winds and a higher chance of fires, according to the County of Kauai Emergency Management Agency.
On Saturday, July 30, the National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for Leeward areas of Kauai starting Sunday, July 31 from 6 a.m. through 6 p.m but announced that they are extending the warning through Monday, Aug. 1 until 6 p.m.
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NWS explains that a Red Flag Warning means “…critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will occur shortly.”
With an increase of strong winds, low humidity and dry fuel can cause the fires to react in an excessive way when interacting with these substances.
Wind speeds were expected to reach up to 50 miles per hour.
NWS has cancelled the high wind advisory.
NWS reminded residents to look out for falling trees and make sure awnings and tents are secured. The risk of fire is especially high during the afternoon and will spread rapidly.
Depending on conditions, warnings could change.
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