Wind advisory in effect until Saturday evening

Published On: Jan 30 2013 10:13:29 AM HST   Updated On: Jan 05 2013 03:58:39 PM HST

A wind advisory is in effect until Saturday evening across the main Hawaiian islands.

The National Weather Service says winds of 20 to 35 mph, with localized gusts of more than 50 mph, are expected until 6 p.m. Saturday.

The weather service says winds this strong can bring down tree branches, lead to local electrical outages and make driving high-profile vehicles difficult.

According to Honolulu Fire Captain Robert Main, firefighters responded to six blown roof calls Saturday. Most of those responses involved minor damages to shingles. However firefighters could not thoroughly assist one of those calls, on Krauss Street in Papakolea, because the building was not stable enough to support repair crews.

Cpt. Main added that homeowners should take proactive measures to secure their property before bad weather catches them off guard. "A lot of homeowners should be taking the time to take a look at their roofs before these conditions come up. Make sure their roofs are properly maintained, to prevent this (damage) from happening." declared Cpt. Main.

Wind related incidents have been caused trouble since Friday. Honolulu police say a tree fell down in the town bound lanes of Likelike Highway at just before midnight.  The lanes were closed until just after 6 a.m. Friday.

The 20-foot-long tree, which was five feet in diameter, fell near the Burmeister Overpass in Kalihi.

On Maui, county officials say the Fourth Marine Division Memorial Park in Haiku has been closed until further notice due to a fallen tree.

Maui County parks officials say 30 mph winds and saturated grounds contributed to a large 40-foot eucalyptus tree falling on Friday narrowly missing a picnic pavilion.

The park, in  the area known as "Giggle Hill," was closed after the county arborist identified the potential for two other trees to fall due to saturated grounds, rain and strong winds.

Meanwhile, a high wind warning has been issued until 6 p.m. Saturday for the Haleakala Summit area.

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