Hawaii County Civil Defense Message… All Employers Encouraged to Limit Operations

This is a Civil Defense Message:

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This is a Tropical Storm Warning Information Update for Sunday July 28th at 8:30 PM.

Tropical Storm Flossie continues to be monitored and storm conditions to include high surf and storm surge and run up are expected to occur late tonight.  High winds, heavy rains, and flooding may begin to affect Hawaii Island early tomorrow morning.  The system will be monitored and additional messages broadcasted as information becomes available.

All employers are encouraged to limit operations to essential employees and emergency operations only.

In the interest of safety the following facilities will be closed tomorrow, Monday July 29th:

All solid waste transfer stations and the Hilo and Puuanahulu landfill

All County Parks and Beach Parks

All State Beach Parks

In addition, non-essential county business to include public meetings and County Council hearings scheduled for Monday and Tuesday are cancelled.

Please continue to monitor your local news and weather forecasts and prepare for storm conditions.

Again, Tropical Storm Flossie continues to be monitored and storm conditions to include high surf and storm surge and run up are expected to occur late tonight.  High winds, heavy rains, and flooding may begin to affect Hawaii Island early tomorrow morning.  The system will be monitored and additional messages broadcasted as information becomes available.

All employers are encouraged to limit operations to essential employees and emergency operations only.

In the interest of safety the following facilities will be closed tomorrow, Monday July 29th:

All solid waste transfer stations and the Hilo and Puuanahulu landfill

All County Parks and Beach Parks

All State Beach Parks

In addition, non-essential county business to include public meetings and County Council hearings scheduled for Monday and Tuesday are cancelled.

Please continue to monitor your local news and weather forecasts and prepare for storm conditions.

 

 

Latest Flossie UPDATE – Coordinates of Storm Now

Latest forecast

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT...

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...
*HAWAII COUNTY
*MAUI COUNTY...INCLUDING THE ISLANDS OF MAUI...MOLOKAI...LANAI AND
KAHOOLAWE
*OAHU

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR
*KAUAI AND NIIHAU

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN 36 HOURS.

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE
POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA WITHIN 48 HOURS.

TROPICAL STORM CENTER LOCATED NEAR 19.6N 150.2W AT 29/0300Z
POSITION ACCURATE WITHIN  30 NM

PRESENT MOVEMENT TOWARD THE WEST OR 265 DEGREES AT  16 KT

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE  996 MB
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS  50 KT WITH GUSTS TO  60 KT.
50 KT....... 30NE   0SE   0SW  15NW.
34 KT.......140NE  40SE  40SW 110NW.
12 FT SEAS..220NE 110SE  60SW 170NW.
WINDS AND SEAS VARY GREATLY IN EACH QUADRANT.  RADII IN NAUTICAL
MILES ARE THE LARGEST RADII EXPECTED ANYWHERE IN THAT QUADRANT.

REPEAT...CENTER LOCATED NEAR 19.6N 150.2W AT 29/0300Z
AT 29/0000Z CENTER WAS LOCATED NEAR 19.6N 149.4W

FORECAST VALID 29/1200Z 19.6N 152.8W
MAX WIND  50 KT...GUSTS  60 KT.
50 KT... 20NE   0SE   0SW  10NW.
34 KT...140NE  30SE  30SW 100NW.

FORECAST VALID 30/0000Z 19.8N 156.1W
MAX WIND  45 KT...GUSTS  55 KT.
34 KT...130NE  20SE  20SW  90NW.

FORECAST VALID 30/1200Z 20.0N 159.4W
MAX WIND  35 KT...GUSTS  45 KT.
34 KT...110NE  15SE  15SW  80NW.

FORECAST VALID 31/0000Z 20.3N 162.8W
MAX WIND  35 KT...GUSTS  45 KT.
34 KT... 90NE  10SE  10SW  70NW.

FORECAST VALID 01/0000Z 20.7N 169.5W
MAX WIND  30 KT...GUSTS  40 KT.

EXTENDED OUTLOOK. NOTE...ERRORS FOR TRACK HAVE AVERAGED NEAR 150 NM
ON DAY 4 AND 200 NM ON DAY 5...AND FOR INTENSITY NEAR 20 KT EACH DAY

OUTLOOK VALID 02/0000Z 21.0N 176.4W...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW
MAX WIND  25 KT...GUSTS  35 KT.

OUTLOOK VALID 03/0000Z...DISSIPATED

REQUEST FOR 3 HOURLY SHIP REPORTS WITHIN 300 MILES OF 19.6N 150.2W

NEXT ADVISORY AT 29/0900Z

DLNR Closes Big Island Trails As Tropical Storm Flossie Nears

Due to the expected impacts of Tropical Storm Flossie, the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry and Wildlife on the island of Hawaii is closing the Waimanu trail and campground, Pololu trail, and the Ainapo trail and cabin effective immediately.

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High winds and heavy rains are expected to be associated with the storm system, and public safety concerns are warranted. This closure will stay in effect until staff can inspect the condition and safety of the trails once the storm system has passed.
For further information contact the  DOFAW Hilo Office (808)974-4221.

DLNR is also advising the public to avoid entering forest areas on all islands, starting on Monday as tropical storm Flossie arrives in the Hawaiian islands.

Forecasts of sustained high winds of 35 miles an hour or more, as well as heavy rain can make for hazardous road and trail conditions.

Storm conditions can trap recreationalists by blocking trails and roads from flash floods and falling trees.   Falling rocks, falling trees and landslides pose additional threats to people in the forest reserves.

“We advise that hikers, campers or hunters should avoid trails, streams and back-country areas under these conditions,” said William J. Aila, Jr.,  DLNR chairperson.The public is advised to monitor local news and weather broadcasts for further updates.

 

County of Hawaii Directs All Non Essential Employees to Remain Home During Flossie – Urges Employers to do the Same

This is a Tropical Storm Warning Information Update for Sunday July 28th at 6:00 PM.

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Tropical Storm Flossie continues on a westward track and is expected to make land fall on the Big Island Monday morning. High Surf and storm surge may begin to affect the coastal areas late tonight and continue through tomorrow. Strong winds and heavy rains and flooding are expected to begin at approximately 6:00 AM tomorrow morning.

Evacuation Shelters will be open by 4:00 AM tomorrow at the following sites: Pahoa Community Center, Aunty Sally”s Luau Hale, Laupahoehoe Charter School, Honokaa Sports Complex, Waimea Community Center, Hisaoka Gym in North Kohala, Mt. View School, Pahala Community Center, West Hawaii Civic Center.

In an effort to ensure the safety of, and reduce the risk to employees, employers are encouraged to limit staffing to essential employees only. The County of Hawaii will be directing all non essential employees to remain home and County operations will be adjusted for emergency operations.

Again, Tropical Storm Flossie continues on a westward track and is expected to make land fall on the Big Island Monday morning. High surf and storm surge may begin to affect the coastal areas late tonight and continue through tomorrow. Strong winds and heavy rains and flooding are expected to begin at approximately 6:00 AM tomorrow morning.

Evacuation Shelters will be open by 4:00 Am tomorrow at the following sites: Pahoa Community Center, Aunty Sally”s Luau Hale, Laupahoehoe Charter School, Honokaa Sports Complex, Waimea Community Center, Hisaoka Gym in North Kohala, Mt. View School, Pahala Community Center, West Hawaii Civic Center.

In an effort to insure the safety of and reduce the risk to employees, employers are encouraged to limit staffing to essential employees only. The County of Hawaii will be directing all non essential employees to remain home and County operations will be adjusted for emergency operations.

 

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park – Minimal Services Until Flossie Passes

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will remain open during Tropical Storm Flossie, but with minimal services.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Entrance

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Entrance

“We encourage people to shelter in place, and stay off roads. Our first priority is safety, and keeping our park employees and visitors out of harm’s way,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando.

Park officials have closed the following areas as of Sunday evening. Closures remain in effect until the storm has passed and conditions are safe:

  • Chain of Craters Road, from Devastation Trail parking lot to the coast
  • All backcountry areas, including Mauna Loa and cabins
  • Mauna Loa Road (known locally as “Mauna Loa Strip Road”)
  • All coastal areas, including, ‘Āpua Point, Keauhou, Halapē, and Ka‘aha
  • Kulanaokuaiki campsite
  • Nāpau campsite
  • Nāmakanipaio Campgrounds and A-frame cabins
  • Jaggar Museum (observation deck open but no rangers on duty)
  • Additional closures may be warranted as Flossie nears

Kīlauea Visitor Center will open Monday from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. with reduced staffing. Thurston Lava Tube will remain open. Volcano House and Kīlauea Military Camp are open.
The National Weather Service issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the islands of Hawai‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i, Kaho‘olawe, Lāna‘i, and O‘ahu. Forecasters predict extremely heavy rains. As of 5 p.m. HST Sunday, Tropical Storm Flossie was approximately 320 miles east of Hilo, with sustained winds of 60 mph, and higher gusts expected. The storm is moving west at 18 mph.

For updates on Tropical Storm Flossie, go to http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/cphc/

For Civil Defense updates for the County of Hawai‘i, and the location of local shelters, go to http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts/.

 

Governor Abercrombie Signs Emergency Proclamation in Advance of Flossie

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today signed an Emergency Proclamation in preparation of Tropical Storm (TS) Flossie. The proclamation provides certain authorities that will allow the state to more effectively prepare for the arrival of TS Flossie, expected to make landfall Monday morning on the eastern end of Hawaii Island. Local, state and federal governmental agencies and non-profit partners are coordinating and working together to minimize the impact of the projected high wind, waves and torrential rain.

“All parts of our emergency response system for the entire state are working together,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “The purpose of signing this proclamation is to ensure that state agencies have full powers necessary to best protect and serve the people of Hawaii.”

The emergency proclamation covers such items as access to the major disaster fund to cover staff overtime and other expenses, allowing emergency procurement of needed supplies and resources, as well as activation of the National Guard, if needed.

Click to view proclamation

Click to view proclamation

View the Governor’s proclamation here.

STATE OF EMERGENCY For County of Hawaii – Residents Urged to Be Prepare for #Flossie

Emergency Proclamation

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Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi released the following EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION today for the County of Hawaii:

EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION:

WHEREAS, Chapter 127, Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, as amended, and Chapter 128, Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, as amended, provide for the establishment of County organizations for disaster relief with a deputy director in charge of each political subdivision; and

WHEREAS, the Mayor of the County of Hawai‘i has been appointed as the Deputy Director of Civil Defense of the County of Hawai‘i; and

WHEREAS, Chapter 7, Articles 1 and 2 of the Hawai‘i County Code, establishes a Civil Defense Agency within the County of Hawai‘i and prescribes its powers, duties, and responsibilities, and Section 13 23 of the Hawai‘i County Charter empowers the Mayor of the County to declare emergencies; and

WHEREAS, the National Weather Service at 5:00 P.M. on July 27, 2013 issued a Watch for Tropical Storm Flossie Advisory Number 13 advising that Tropical Storm Flossie had entered Hawaiian waters and was located at 770 miles east of Hilo, Hawai‘i as a Tropical Storm with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and higher gusts; and

WHEREAS, the National Weather Service at 11:00 P.M. on July 27, 2013 issued Tropical Storm Advisory Number 14 upgrading its Advisory to a Warning for Hawaii and Maui County and continuing this Warning in Tropical Storm Advisory 16 on July 28, 2013 with maximum sustained wind of 60 mph and higher gusts; and

WHEREAS, a Tropical Storm Warning means that possible tropical storm conditions can occur any time within the next 36 hours; and

WHEREAS, conditions associated with tropical storms include but are not limited to storm surge, high surf, wind and rain may occur; and;

WHEREAS, due to the possibility of property damage and/or bodily injury to residents of Hawai`i Island, and the need for government agencies and representatives from the private sector to mobilize and provide immediate services to our island residents, a Civil Defense state of emergency is authorized pursuant to Chapters 127 and 128, Hawai`i Revised Statutes, as amended, and Chapter 7, Hawai`i County Code.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, WILLIAM P. KENOI, Mayor of the County of Hawai‘i, do hereby proclaim and declare that a state of emergency exists on the Hawai‘i Island, effective 1:00 P.M., July 28, 2013, and continuing thereon until further act by this office.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the County of Hawai‘i to be affixed. Done this 28th day of July 28, 2013 in Hilo, Hawai‘i.

WIILIAM P. KENOI
Mayor
County of Hawai‘i

 

National Weather Service Places Oahu Under a Tropical Storm Warning – Statewide List of Evacuation Shelters

National Weather Service places Oahu under a Tropical Storm Warning

The National Weather Service has placed Oahu under a Tropical Storm Warning. A Tropical Storm Warning is issued when the threat of tropical storm conditions of high wind and storm surge are expected within 36 hours. Actions for protection of life and property should begin immediately. Evacuations may be ordered depending on the severity of Tropical Storm Flossie.

Click to see the statewide list of shelters

Click to see the statewide list of shelters

All residents are advised to take the following preparedness actions:

Fill up the fuel tank in your vehicle(s).

Have some spare cash on hand. The amount you would normally spend in one week is a good choice.

Be aware of the hazards that hurricanes and tropical storms create – destructive storm surge, severe flooding and high winds.

Know the location of your nearest hurricane shelter but do not automatically go there. Locations and opening times will be broadcast over TV and radio. See this link for Hawaii Hurricane Evacuation Shelters http://www.scd.hawaii.gov/documents/2013HurEvachelters.pdf

Know if you are located in a tsunami evacuation zone. Evacuation zones for hurricanes and tropical storms are the same as those for tsunami events. Evacuation zones are printed in the yellow tabbed section of your telephone white pages. Or see this link for an interactive evacuation zone map http://tsunami.csc.noaa.gov/

Consider designating an off-island friend as a family emergency contact should you be separated following a hurricane or other disaster. When phone systems are restored family members would check in with this person.

Plan to care for your family pets in the event you have to evacuate your home. Do not leave pets at home. If your home is not safe for you it is not safe for your pets.

Find out if your insurance policy covers flood damage.

Stock a seven-day supply of non-perishable foods and emergency supplies.

Make sure you have a battery operated radio, flashlight and spare batteries on hand at all times.

ALOHA!