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Special Weather Statement – Kona winds and rain expected Sunday and Monday

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a “SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT” for Maui County due increasing Kona winds and possible heavy showers late this weekend.

The recent spell of light winds and quiet weather will come to an end later this weekend as a strong front approaches the Aloha State from the northwest. Southwest winds will increase ahead of this front Sunday and Sunday night.

Kona winds such as these can cause localized problems on the typical windward side of each island, as they blow downslope from the mountains and accelerate. This is in contrast to the recent wind events, where trade winds brought the strongest gusts to the leeward sides.

A narrow band of gusty heavy showers, and possibly a few embedded thundershowers, is expected to accompany the front as it passes through. Our forecast has the front reaching Maui County Monday afternoon. The front appears as though it will be moving fast enough to prevent widespread significant flooding problems, but the rain may be briefly heavy enough to cause localized ponding or minor flooding.

Drier gusty northwest winds and more settled weather will follow after the front comes through.

Please stay tuned to your local news media stations and MAUIWatch.com for the latest as we track this storm system.

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