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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, January 21, 2010

Strong winds buffet Isles

Advertiser Staff

More gusty weather is in the forecast for this morning.

The National Weather Service says winds will be in the 15- to 20-mph range with occasional higher gusts.
Strong trade winds buffeted the Islands last night, a precursor to cloudy and rainy weather forecast for this weekend.
Gusts were reported as high as 48 mph, at Lanai Airport.
On Oahu, gusts of 38 mph were recorded in Waianae, 28 mph at Bellows Air Force Station and 25 mph at Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay.
The weather service said a high-pressure system north of Hawaii would bring strong winds through this morning. After that, a front associated with a low to the northwest will cross the state beginning Saturday, bringing clouds and rain.
It was not immediately known if the winds contributed to power problems last night. Hawaiian Electric Co. crews were dispatched to a leaning utility pole in the Ala Moana area and a power outage in Palolo.
Police closed part of Keeaumoku Street just before 8 p.m. because of a leaning utility pole. The mauka-bound lanes were closed at Rycroft Street and the makai-bound lanes were closed at Leona Street, police said.
The lanes remained closed early this morning.
HECO spokesman Darren Pai said a HECO crew planned to brace the pole last night and revisit the site today.
Power was not been interrupted because of the leaning pole, Pai said.