Big Island escapes wind damage

KAILUA-KONA — The Big Island escaped this weekend’s wind advisory relatively unscathed.

According to the National Weather Service Honolulu Office, Hawaii Island did not record any significant wind, with the highest gusts in North Kohala recorded at 25 mph.

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No major damage was reported.

The highest wind speed over a three day period at Keahole Airport was 13 mph.

Pohakuloa Training Area experienced gusts exceeding 45-50 mph within the past four to five days. Monday it was a bit milder, and in general, it seems the winds are still steady but not as strong—25-35 mph average.

“The good part is that all out units are home for the holidays and their equipment made it back safely as well,” said PTA spokesman Michael Donnelly.

Maui and Oahu felt winds reaching nearly 50 mph with reports of downed trees.

The National Weather Service outlook for the next few days calls for an unsettled weather pattern setting up for portions of the state as an area of low pressure approaches from the west.

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Strengthening southerly winds are expected beginning today and continuing through Wednesday. A band of moisture associated with the low pressure area will move down the island chain late today through Thursday, and increasing showers and isolated thunderstorms are possible with it.

A more typical trade wind weather pattern is setting up for the weekend.

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