Hawaii County Civil Defense Message for Sunday, August 9 – Re: Tropical Storm Felicia

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Hawai’i County Civil Tropical Storm Felicia Update 5

This is a Civil Defense message.

This is a Tropical Storm Felicia update for Sunday morning, August 9, at 5:00.

The National Weather Service has downgraded Felicia from Hurricane to Tropical Storm status. Felicia is now approximately 595 miles East of Hawai’i Island at 20.6 N latitude and 146.0 W longitude and moving toward the West near 14 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds are near 70 miles per hour with higher gusts. A tropical storm watch has been issued for Hawai’i Island. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm effects of wind, surf, and rain may occur anytime within in 48 hours.

Due to the National Weather Service forecast, the following advisories are issued:

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Hawai’i County beginning Monday.  Take steps now to mitigate the effects of flooding to your property.

Wind speeds are also expected to increase on Monday. As a precaution take steps now to secure loose objects outside your home.

Wave heights are forecasted to increase on our Eastern shores to heights of 15 feet or greater today. As a precaution all County beach parks between Whittington Beach Park in Ka’u and Laupahoehoe Beach Park in Hamakua will be closed from 2:30 this afternoon through Wednesday morning. Hookena Beach Park in South Kona is included in these closures. Residents of coastal areas should be on the alert for sudden increases in surf heights.

As with all storms, be prepared for road closures and power outages.

Again Hawai’i County is under a tropical storm watch. Hawai’i County Civil Defense advises residents to take the time to mitigate the effects of rain, wind, and surf to their property.

Updates will be issued every morning and afternoon and as conditions change.

Thank you and have a safe day.

This is your Hawai’i County Civil Defense.

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