The county said today in a statement that because of a high-wind warning expected at 6 p.m. tonight, the Mass Transit Agency is cancelling the Hele-On Bus 7:15 p.m. route from Hilo to South Kohala and the 11:05 p.m. return bus tonight.
The National Weather Service is forecasting sustained winds of at least 40 mph, with gusts over 60 mph overnight and into Saturday.
The Mass Transit Agency is contacting several hotels in South Kohala regarding the cancellations, because many hotel employees may be affected. The agency is reviewing whether any additional routes will be cancelled today or Saturday.
For updates, please check the Mass Transit Agency website for news and rider alerts at https://www.hawaiicounty.gov/departments/mass-transit/news-and-rider-alerts and Civil Defense alerts.