Coast Guard Re-Opens Ports on the Big Island – TP Shortage Not in Danger

The Coast Guard is urging Hawaiian Island mariners and residents to heed safety warnings during Tropical Storm Flossie.

I actually wasted money by buying 7-11 Toilet Paper!

I actually wasted money by buying 7-11 Toilet Paper!

Coast Guard Captain of the Port closed the port of Kahului, Maui, to all traffic at midnight, Sunday and have re-opened the ports of Hilo and Kawaihae on the Big Island at 1 p.m., Monday.

Captain Shannon Gilreath, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, has set Heavy Weather Condition II for these ports and is urging local mariners to review their heavy weather plans and to remain vigilant to forecasts for Tropical Storm Flossie.

“While we have not set conditions for the other ports, you should still exercise caution and prudence in conducting your operations,” said Gilreath. “Know your capabilities and your constraints and adhere to them so that we can all continue to operation safely.”

Tropical systems acquire a name when they reach tropical storm strength with sustained winds reaching 39 mph. They become hurricanes when winds reach 74 mph and become major hurricanes when winds increase to 111 mph. According to the National Weather Service, Tropical Storm Flossie could have sustained 60 mph winds.

As storms approach, the Coast Guard urges mariners to remember these guidelines:

  • Stay informed: Mariners should monitor the progress and strength of the storm through newspapers, the internet and local television and radio stations. Boaters can monitor its progress on VHF channel 16. Small craft advisories and warnings are also broadcast on VHF channel 16.
  • Evacuate as necessary: Mariners are urged to heed evacuation orders. Coast Guard personnel and other emergency responders may not be able to assist mariners in danger during a storm.
  • Secure your boats and boating equipment: Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to protected marinas where they will be less likely to break free of their moorings or to be otherwise damaged. Trailerable boats should be pulled from the water and stored in a place that is not prone to flooding. Those mariners who leave their boats in the water are reminded to secure life rings, life jackets and tenders.
  • Be cautious of hazardous materials: If you have hazardous materials on or near the water, you are responsible for any spills that may occur. Take the necessary precautions to secure these materials prior to any foul weather.
  • Stay clear of beaches: Even the best swimmers can fall victim to the strong waves and rip currents caused by storms. Swimmers are urged to stay clear of beaches until local officials say the water is safe.

Final Hawaii County Civil Defense Message on Flossie

This is a Civil Defense Message.

Civil Defense Headquarters

Hawaii County Civil Defense Headquarters

This is a Tropical Storm Warning Information Update for Monday July 29th at 5:30 PM.

Tropical Storm Flossie has been downgraded to a Tropical Depression and   is presently located approximately 145 miles Northwest of Hilo. Although storm conditions have subsided and continue to improve presently, the Kailua Kona area continues to experience strong winds and moderate rain conditions are being reported.

With the improvement in conditions the Mass Transit Bus Service will resume operations effective 7:30 PM tonight with the Hilo to South Kohala Resort route, and return to a normal full schedule beginning tomorrow morning.  In addition, all County parks and beach parks will be opened and scheduled solid waste transfer stations and the Hilo and Puuanahulu Landfills will be reopened starting tomorrow morning.

Although the impact of Tropical Storm Flossie may have been relatively moderate, the potential for serious and possibly life threatening storm conditions were present.

The Hawaii County Civil Defense would like to thank the community for your patience and cooperation and for doing your part to prepare for possible impact.

Again, Tropical Storm Flossie has been downgraded to a Tropical Depression and   is presently located approximately 145 miles Northwest of Hilo. Although storm conditions have subsided and continue to improve presently, the Kailua Kona area continues to experience strong winds and moderate rain conditions are being reported.

With the improvement in conditions the Mass Transit Bus Service will resume operations effective 7:30 PM tonight with the Hilo to South Kohala Resort route, and return to a normal full schedule beginning tomorrow morning.  In addition, all County parks and beach parks will be opened and scheduled solid waste transfer stations and the Hilo and Puuanahulu Landfills will be reopened starting tomorrow morning.

Although the impact of Tropical Storm Flossie may have been relatively moderate, the potential for serious and possibly life threatening storm conditions were present.

The Hawaii County Civil Defense would like to thank the community for your patience and cooperation and for doing your part to prepare for possible impact.

This will be the final message unless conditions change and once again thank you for listening reading and have a safe evening.

University of Hawaii Takes Over Legal Ownership & Responsibility of United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) on Mauna Kea

In May 2012, following a review process, Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) announced that it would cease supporting the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) on 30 September 2013.

UKIRT UH

Photo by Tom Kerr

In October 2012, the Director UKIRT issued a global Announcement of Opportunity, soliciting for a new entity or partnership to take over the operation of UKIRT. This strategy has proved very successful: 13 Expressions of Interest were received, and after further discussions, two groups are currently developing full proposals.

In parallel with these developments, the University of Hawaii (UH) has agreed to take over the legal ownership of UKIRT and responsibility for the site on Mauna Kea when STFC-funded operations cease. This is a significant and very welcome initiative from our UH colleagues. The existing sub-lease for the UKIRT site will be terminated and UH expects to set up a scientific partnership with one of the two proposing parties to operate UKIRT.

In view of the time required to terminate the sub-lease and set up a partnership agreement with a new operating entity, STFC will extend UKIRT operations to 31 December 2013. This extension will enable both a positive outcome for UKIRT and an additional three months of science observing for the UK community. The science programme for this incremental period will be determined by the UKIRT Board.

Hawaii Electric Companies Responding to Flossie Related Damages

Crews from Hawaii Electric Light Company and Maui Electric Company have been responding to storm-related outages.

A power line came down on Ainaloa Boulevard here on the Big Island. Photo Courtesy: Nick Turner

A power line came down on Ainaloa Boulevard here on the Big Island. Photo Courtesy: Nick Turner

On Hawaii Island, Hawaii Electric Light crews responded to outages throughout the lower Puna area caused by gusty winds from Flossie. The outages started shortly after 11:30 a.m. At this time, approximately 4,500 customers are without power.

On Maui, at this time Maui Electric crews have restored power to portions of Hana. An outage occurred shortly before 5 p.m. after heavy rains and thunderstorms were reported in the area. Earlier today, crews restored power to approximately 2,000 customers in the Kihei area who were affected by a brief 9-minute outage caused by high winds. Maui Electric also responded to two separate storm-related outages in the Piiholo area that affected a total of 25 customers, restoring power to those customers.

On Oahu, Hawaiian Electric has not yet experienced any storm-related outages. Crews are standing by to respond to any problems that may develop as Flossie approaches Oahu.

Power interruptions and voltage disturbances are possible as long as the stormy conditions persist. Do not touch fallen or low hanging power lines or anything they may be in contact with. A seemingly harmless wire may still be energized. Stay clear of puddles where downed lines may have landed.

Call 911 in the event of an emergency. To report a downed power line or an outage, please call:

• Oahu: 548-7961
• Hawaii Island: 969-6666
• Maui: 871-7777
• Molokai and Lanai: 1-877-871-8461

Hawaii County Civil Defense Message – Bus Service to Resume Operations at 7:30 Tonight

Tropical Storm Flossie has been downgraded to a Tropical Depression and is presently located approximately 145 miles Northwest of Hilo.

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Although storm conditions have subsided and continue to improve presently, the Kailua Kona area continues to experience strong winds and moderate rain conditions are being reported.

With the improvement in conditions the Mass Transit Bus Service will resume operations effective 7:30 PM tonight with the Hilo to South Kohala Resort route, and return to a normal full schedule beginning tomorrow morning.

In addition, all County parks and beach parks will be opened and scheduled solid waste transfer stations and the Hilo and Puuanahulu Landfills will be reopened starting tomorrow morning. Although the impact of Tropical Storm Flossie may have been relatively moderate, the potential for serious and possibly life threatening storm conditions was present.

The Hawaii County Civil Defense would like to thank the community for your patience and cooperation and for doing your part to prepare for possible impact.

 

 

Flossie Officially Downgraded to Tropical Depression

Flossie has officially been downgraded to a Tropical Depression as of 10 minutes ago.  Here are the last few tweets from the National Weather Service of Honolulu:

Flossie Tweets

Hawaii County Civil Defense Update for #Flossie

This is a Civil Defense Message

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This is a Tropical Storm Warning Information Update for Monday July 29th at 1:00 PM.

The Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect.  Tropical Storm Flossie is currently located approximately 65 miles Northeast of Hilo and continues to move in a West Northwest direction at 18 miles per hour.  

Storm force winds are currently being reported in the areas of Punaluu in Kau and the Pahoa and lower areas of the Puna district.  The Hawaii Police Department has reported fallen trees on Highway 132 in the area of the Lava Tree Park and the highway is closed to all traffic at this time.  Crews are on scene working to clear the roadway and a detour has been set up for traffic to proceed through the Leilani Estates Subdivision.

Power outages are also being reported in some areas and HELCO crews are working on repairs to the system. 

The public is advised to remain off the roadways if possible and to anticipate continued storm force winds and possible road hazards. 

Heavy rains and flooding is expected as the storm conditions continue to impact Hawaii Island.  Please monitor your local news and weather forecasts and prepare for continued storm activity.  Additional messages will be broadcasted as information is made available.

Again, the Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect.  Tropical Storm Flossie is currently located approximately 65 miles Northeast of Hilo and continues to move in a West Northwest direction at 18 miles per hour.

Storm force winds are currently being reported in the areas of Punaluu in Kau and the Pahoa and lower areas of the Puna district. The Hawaii Police Department has reported fallen trees on Highway 132 in the area of the Lava Tree Park and the highway is closed to all traffic at this time.  Crews are on scene working to clear the roadway and a detour has been set up for traffic to proceed through the Leilani Estates Subdivision.

Power outages are also being reported in some areas and HELCO crews are working on repairs to the system.  The public is advised to remain off the roadways if possible and to anticipate continued storm force winds and possible road hazards.  Heavy rains and flooding is expected as the storm conditions continue to impact Hawaii Island.  

Please monitor your local news and weather forecasts and prepare for continued storm activity.  

Additional messages will be broadcasted as information is made available.

 

 

Evacuation Shuttles Available on Leeward Coast for Homeless

Department of Emergency Management

Leeward Coast evacuation shuttle for homeless

The City and TheBus will provide courtesy evacuation transportation for homeless individuals from Waianae Boat Harbor to Waianae District Park now until 6:00 p.m.

Riders may bring what they can safely carry such as personal items and/or evacuation supplies that fit in one bag. Riders will also be allowed one pet per person in a carrier (preferred) or on a leash.

This will be the only evacuation shuttle at this time. All other City Buses will be running on their regular schedule.

 

Trees Fall Across Highway 130 #Flossie

HCCDA Message: Hawaii Police report trees down Highway 132 Lava Tree Park. Detour through Leilani Estates.

3.5 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Waimanalo Beach Area of Oahu

A 3.5 Magnitude Earthquake shook the  Waimanalo Beach Area of Oahu around 10:30 this morning.  No damages have been reported and no tsunami was generated.

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Evacuation Shelters Opening on Oahu at 3:00 PM

Evacuation shelters on Oahu to open at 3:00 p.m.

Department of Emergency Management
10 tropical storm evacuation shelters will open on Oahu at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon. Residents who feel that their home or place of residence may not be safe can utilize one of these locations as a refuge from severe weather and high surf.

These shelters, operated by the American Red Cross, provide only emergency refuge. You must bring all of your supplies with you including food, water, other emergency needs as well as bedding or a cot to sleep on. For the safety and security of evacuees Red Cross shelters do not allow smoking, guns, drugs, alcohol or other hazardous items.

Those on medication should bring a 7-10 day supply of medication. Diabetics should bring their medication and glucometers. Those with respiratory issues should bring inhalers and nebulizers. As with all other evacuees, those on special diets should bring their own food.

In addition these shelters will accommodate pets. Pet owners must provide a solid sided pet carrier or cage for each pet, food, water and sanitation supplies. In addition owners will be expected to assist in the care of their pets.

The following are the Oahu evacuation shelters that will open at 3:00 p.m.

Waianae District Park 85-601 Farrington Hwy Waianae 96792
Wahiawa District Park 1139-A Kilani Avenue Wahiawa 96786
Ewa Mahiko District Park 91-1161 Renton Road Ewa Beach 96706
Kailua District Park 21 South Kainalu Drive Kailua 96734
Kilauea District Park 4109 Kilauea Avenue Honolulu 96816
Koko Head District Park 423 Kaumakani Street Honolulu 96825
Waimanalo District Park 41-415 Hihimanu Street Waimanalo 96795
Waialua Church of Christ 67-174 Farrington Hwy Waialua 96791
BYU Hawaii 55-220 Kulanui St Laie 96762
Kalakaua District Park 720 McNeill Street Honolulu 96817

 

Hawaii County Civil Defense Message for Monday July 29th

This is a Civil Defense Message

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This is a Tropical Storm Warning Information Update for Monday July 29th at 7:00 AM.

The National Weather Service is maintaining the Tropical Storm Warning and Flood Watch for Hawaii Island.

Tropical Storm Flossie is presently located approximately 120 miles East Northeast of Hilo and moving West Northwest at 16 MPH.  The system continues to present with sustained winds of 45 MPH with higher gusts, heavy rains and, potential high surf and storm surge conditions.

At the present time, the affects of the storm are expected to impact Hawaii Island around 8:00 AM this morning and continue through the day.  The system will be monitored and the public kept informed of any changes or updates.  The public is reminded that the Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect and to please continue to prepare for possible storm conditions.

The suspension of all mass transit bus services continues to remain in effect however the weather conditions will be evaluated and bus service restored as soon as safely possible. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank everyone for their patience and understanding.  Please continue to monitor your local news and weather forecasts and additional messages will be broadcasted as information is made available.

Again, the National Weather Service is maintaining the Tropical Storm Warning and Flood Watch for Hawaii Island.

Tropical Storm Flossie is presently located approximately 120 miles East Northeast of Hilo and moving West Northwest at 16 MPH.  The system continues to present with sustained winds of 45 MPH with higher gusts, heavy rains and, potential high surf and storm surge conditions.

At the present time, the affects of the storm are expected to impact Hawaii Island around 8:00 AM this morning and continue through the day.  The system will be monitored and the public kept informed of any changes or updates.  The public is reminded that the Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect and to please continue to prepare for possible storm conditions.

The suspension of all mass transit bus services continues to remain in effect however the weather conditions will be evaluated and bus service restored as soon as safely possible. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank everyone for their patience and understanding.

Please continue to monitor your local news and weather forecasts and additional messages will be broadcasted as information is made available.

 

Tropical Storm Flossie Changes Course – Big Island Spared

As of 5:00 this morning, it looks like Tropical Storm Flossie has changed directions and the Big Island will be spared from a direct hit from the storm:

Flossie Big Island