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Wet and windy weather to continue through Friday

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    Flags uncurl in the wind under cloudy skies at Waterfront Plaza Tuesday.

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Windy and wet weather is likely to continue all week as the first of four weather systems moves over the islands Tuesday.

The state forecast calls for mostly cloudy and windy conditions with scattered showers through Friday.

A wind advisory is posted for Oahu, and Kauai and Maui counties, while Big Island summits are under a high wind warning, where winds are at or near hurricane force.

The National Weather Service said southwest to west winds of 30 to 35 mph, with localized gusts over 50 mph can be expected through 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The strongest winds will be in areas like Central Oahu, as the southeast winds cross the Waianae Mountains and increase speed downslope.

All islands except Oahu reported isolated power outages overnight because of the high winds.

Fallen trees accounted for power outages on the Big Island at Hawaiian Shores, affecting 10 customers; Nanawale, where 10 customers were without power for four hours; Ainaloa, affecting three customers for seven hours; and Hawaiian Beaches, where 1,200 customers went with out electricity for nearly five hours Monday night.

Maui Electric said that the circuit servicing Kalae and Kalaupapa on Molokai was down for about an hour each time the first time at 6 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. About 142 customers were affected. Another power outage was reported on Maui at 2 a.m. when a tree knocked down a power line in Haiku. Power was restored an hour later for 125 customers in Haiku.

Kauai Island Utility Cooperative reported isolated outages over the past 20 hours with thee largest reported in Lihue with 30 customers without power briefly. Other brief outages were reported at Kokee and Hanalei.

A high surf advisory is also posted for north and west facing shores of Kauai County and north shores of Oahu, Molokai, Maui and the Big Island, where surf of 10 to 15 feet is forecast through 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The waves and strong winds also prompted a small craft advisory for most Hawaiian waters.

A front moving over Kauai, Oahu and Maui counties Tuesday and the Big Island Tuesday night is responsible for the strong winds and rains.

The westerly winds blew away the vog that lingered over the islands on Monday and despite the windy conditions, temperatures remained warm and humid.

Hilo tied a record high for the date on Monday. The high of 88 degrees tied a record set in 1975.

Kauai saw the most rain overnight, with more than 4 inches falling in the 24 hour period ending at 8 a.m. at Mount Waialeale, Mohihi Crossing, Waialae and the Wailua Ditch.

The forecast for Honolulu and southern shores of Oahu calls for winds and rains to continue through Tuesday night. Wednesday should start out partly sunny and breezy, but showers will move in Wednesday into Thursday, as another weather system moves over the islands from the northwest.

A third weather system is forecast to arrive Friday, bringing more breezy and rainy weather.

Skies may clear a little over the weekend. But a fourth cold front is likely to arrive on Monday.

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Star-Advertiser reporter Gregg K. Kakesako contributed to this story.

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