Gusty winds topple under-construction Waikoloa Plaza building

  • Workers inspect damage Monday morning after the 10,000 square foot “Building M” at the new Waikoloa Plaza Shopping Center in Waikoloa collapsed Sunday in strong winds that continue to rattle the Kohala Coast. (Michael Phillips / weatherboy.com)

  • Workers inspect damage Monday morning after the 10,000 square foot “Building M” at the new Waikoloa Plaza Shopping Center in Waikoloa collapsed Sunday in strong winds that continue to rattle the Kohala Coast. (Michael Phillips / weatherboy.com)

  • The 10,000 square foot “Building M” at the new Waikoloa Plaza Shopping Center in Waikoloa lies in ruin after collapsing Sunday in strong winds that continue to rattle the Kohala Coast. (Michael Phillips / weatherboy.com)

  • The 10,000 square foot “Building M” at the new Waikoloa Plaza Shopping Center in Waikoloa lies in ruin after collapsing Sunday in strong winds that continue to rattle the Kohala Coast. (Michael Phillips / weatherboy.com)

  • The 10,000 square foot “Building M” at the new Waikoloa Plaza Shopping Center in Waikoloa lies in ruin after collapsing Sunday in strong winds that continue to rattle the Kohala Coast. (Michael Phillips / weatherboy.com)

High winds with gusts upward of 50 mph lashed portions of the Big Island over the weekend, toppling at least one under-construction building in South Kohala.

Workers on Monday were inspecting damage to the 10,000-square-foot Building M at the new Waikoloa Plaza Shopping Center after the under-construction structure collapsed amid the strong winds. According to a February update posted by developer Meridian Pacific, Building M was to house Family Health &Wellness, Elevation Medical Imaging, and Waikoloa Suds.

Meridian Pacific did not immediately respond for a request for comment.

Civil Defense and the National Weather Service had received no other reports of damage.

Forecasters had issued a wind advisory on Wednesday, calling for east to northeast winds of 20 mph to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph to impact a good portion of the island. The advisory remained posted through 6 p.m. this morning.

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