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Wind advisory in effect for Hawaii island, Maui and Lanai

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Hawaii island, Maui, Lanai, and Kahoolawe, effective until 6 p.m. today.

NWS says east winds of 20 to 30 mph, with localized gusts up to 50 mph, are blowing in areas of Hawaii island, Maui, Lanai, and Kahoolawe.

Officials warn that winds this strong can knock down tree branches, blow away tents and unsecured objects, and make it difficult to drive, especially for high-profile vehicles.

The public should also watch out for falling tree branches when walking or driving, make sure tents and awnings are secure or take them down, and be prepared for power outages, they said.

Forecasters say high-pressure north of the state will keep breezy to windy conditions in place through the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Typical trade wind weather is expected to continue through Saturday, From Saturday night through Sunday night, forecasters expect more showers for windward and mauka areas, with a few showers also possible for the leeward side.

The days are expected to be sunny and breezy for most areas, with highs ranging from 83 to 88 degrees. Lows tonight are expected at 70 to 75.

A small craft advisory is also in effect for Maui County leeward waters and Hawaii island windward waters through 6 p.m. Sunday.

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