A powerful area of low pressure to the north of us will bring large destructive surf and locally damaging winds to parts of the state this weekend. 

Today, the low will begin to intensify and rotate to the northwest of the island chain this morning, before turning back south towards the islands this evening. 

That will increase our northerly winds 15-30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. Winds are expected to slightly decrease this afternoon, before becoming much stronger out of the west tonight 20-40 mph through Sunday night. 

Most of the state is currently under a Wind Advisory, while a High Wind Warning has been issued for the Big Island summits, with winds 45-65 mph this morning, increasing tonight with gusts up to 100 mph.

Expect partly cloudy skies to start our Saturday.

While the winds will be whipping through, it won't be too bad weather-wise for the first half of the day but we will see more clouds and showers as the low gets very close to the state by tonight. 

Out on the water, a High Surf Warning is posted for north and west facing shores of Kauai, Niihau, Oahu, and Molokai, and north facing shores of Maui.  The Big Island has a High Surf Advisory for West facing shores. 

Surf: N 25-35', W 18-25', E 4-7', S 2-3'.

A Gale Warning is in effect for waters around Kauai County, with a Gale Watch and Small Craft Advisory elsewhere. The National Weather Service has issued a Marine Weather Statement, extreme surges are expected for north and west facing harbors. Mariners should exercise extreme caution when using harbors this weekend. 

Tomorrow, surf will build 40-60' for north shores tomorrow, and 30-40' out west.