Gusty trade winds, moderate showers to return this weekend


A cold front will move quickly through the state during the weekend with increasing northerly winds to follow.

The rains will arrive first, reaching Kauai Saturday morning, proceeding to Oahu by Saturday afternoon, and to Maui County and Hawaii Island Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

Brief, light to moderate showers are expected — nothing as intense as last weekend.

The winds that follow will be coming from the opposite direction as last weekend. Trade winds, from the northeast, will reach up to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.

The strongest winds will occur over higher terrain, through mountain gaps and valleys, downslope of the mountains, and over areas such as Lanai affected by strong winds channeled between larger islands.

Expect a prolonged period of strong trade winds forecast for the entire state from Sunday through the middle of next week.

For those participating in the Great Aloha Run on this President’s Day holiday, you can expect dry, but windy, weather.

Loose outdoor objects may become airborne under these strong winds. Prepare now by securing these objects before winds increase. The strong cross winds may bring hazardous driving conditions, especially for high profile vehicles. Localized power outages will be possible.

If you have outdoor plans, be prepared for windy conditions. If your plans involve marine activities, you may want to consider postponing them, as gales will be possible in the windiest areas such as the Alenuihaha Channel.

It just takes one strong gust of wind to cause damage like it did last Saturday when winds brought down a tent at Kapiolani Community College — injuring three kids.

With thousands of folks heading to the Mililani Carnival this weekend, KHON2 wanted to know if the rides and the tents would be able to withstand the wind.

E.K. Fernandez says safety protocols are in place, including a contingency for wind, and its rides are able to operate in fairly strong conditions.

There are multiple protocols in place to make sure the carnival is safe, and officials at Mililani High School are working with E.K. Fernandez to make sure it’s safe for everyone coming out to enjoy it.

Back in 2014, the E.K. Fernandez had to stop the rides at the Hawaii Kai carnival because high winds.

There are large plastic barrels filled with water attached to some of the food tents here to help weigh them down.

Officials say if needed, they can postpone the event. Right now they don’t believe the weather should be a big problem.

The Mililani carnival wraps up at 11 p.m. Friday night and continues Saturday and Sunday.

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