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Islands under high wind advisory but clear of flood danger

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:01 p.m. HST, Mar 10, 2012

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All Hawaiian islands, except Lanai, are under a wind advisory, but for the first time in days, no island is under a flood watch or warning, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters said east winds of 20 to 30 mph, with gusts up to 45 mph, are expected through 4 a.m. Sunday.

"Winds this strong can bring down tree branches and make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles," forecasters said.

The high winds come after a week of thunderstorms, flooding, lightning and even hail that pounded many parts of the state.

The forecast calls for strong trade winds that will diminish slightly on Sunday,  mainly windward and mauka passing showers. A slight increase in showers is expected early Monday, otherwise mostly dry weather is expected through next week, weather service forecasters said this morning.

The islands are also under:

>> A high surf advisory through 6 a.m. Monday for east shores of all islands, except Lanai, with waves up to 10 feet and rough seas;

>> A small craft advisory through 6 a.m. Monday for waters within 40 nautical miles of Hawaii;

>> And a winter weather for Hawaii Island summits until 10 a.m. Snow and black ice on roads has made driving dangerous.


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