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Oahu and Kauai under flood advisory as wet, windy weather continues

UPDATE: 5:55 a.m.

Wet, windy weather will continue for the islands today as high surf pounds most islands.

A high wind warning has been posted for Big Island summits through 6 a.m. Tuesday and through noon today for the summit of Haleakala as a wind advisory has been expanded, according to the National Weather Service. Northwest winds of 45 to 80 mph with localized gusts over 120 mph are expected.

The wind advisory now covers Hawaii island and Maui County as well as Oahu and Kauai County through 6 p.m. However, weather officials have revised up the expected northwest winds to 25 to 35 mph with localized gusts to 50 mph.

Flood advisories have been posted for Oahu and the island of Kauai through 9 a.m. today after radar indicated waves of moderate to heavy showers moving over the islands from the northwest. Locations in the Oahu advisory include, but are not limited to, Mililani, Wahiawa, Waialua, Schofield Barracks, Kaneohe Marine Base, Kahaluu, Ahuimanu, Kaneohe, Waianae, Wheeler Field, Kunia and Kapolei. Locations in the Kauai advisory include, but are not limited to, Kilauea, Anahola, Wailua, Hanalei, Na Pali State Park, Wainiha, North Fork Wailua Trails, Moloaa, Princeville, Polihale, Kokee State Park and Wailua Homesteads.

A high surf warning remains in effect through 6 a.m. Tuesday, although weather officials now forecast surf to reach 20 to 30 feet along north and west shores of Kauai County and the north shores of Oahu, Molokai and Maui. Expected surf along the west shores of Oahu and Molokai remains up to 12 to 20 feet.

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The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a wind advisory for the islands of Oahu and Kauai from 3 p.m. today through 6 p.m. Monday.

According to forecasters, winds will pick up from the northwest and reach 25-30 mph with localized gusts of up to 45 mph this afternoon. The strongest winds are blowing “near mountains, gaps and where winds blow downslope from higher terrain,” according to the NWS.

The NWS says affected areas will include Lihue, Princeville, Poipu, Waimea, Hanapepe, Kokee State Park, Honolulu, Waikiki, Hawaii Kai, Kapolei, Nanakuli, Makaha, Haleiwa, Waialua, Kahuku, Punaluu, Laie, Kailua, Kaneohe, Waimanalo, Mililani, Wahiawa, Pearl City and Makakilo.

Authorities advise motorists to use caution when driving in areas affected by high winds. Trash cans, lawn furniture and other loose outdoor objects should be secured to keep them from being blown around by strong winds.

A high surf warning is in effect from 6 p.m. today to 6 a.m. Tuesday for the islands of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai and Maui.

Surf is expected to build to 14 to 20 feet tonight and 18 to 28 feet Monday along north- and west-facing shores of Niihau and Kauai and north-facing shores of Oahu, Molokai and Maui. Surf is expected to build to 8 to 12 feet tonight and 12 to 20 feet Monday along west-facing shores of Oahu and Molokai.

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