This is a Tropical Storm Darby update for Thursday July 21st at 11:00 AM.
The National Weather Service reports a Tropical Storm Watch is now in effect for Hawaii County and Maui County. A Tropical Storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible in Hawaii County and Maui County within the next 48 hours.
Tropical Storm Darby is located about 560 miles east of Hilo moving in a west-southwest direction at 14 MPH with sustained winds of 65 MPH. For the next 48 hours, little change in the storm’s strength is expected.
A high surf advisory for east facing shores will go into effect at 6 PM today. However, a high surf warning is forecast beginning 6 a.m. tomorrow through Sunday.
The public is advised to be storm ready. As Tropical Storm Darby approaches, residents and visitors should be aware of:
- High surf warning conditions for east facing shores.
- Tropical storm force winds.
- Heavy rains and flooding.
- Mud slides and rock slides.
Monitor your local radio broadcasts for information updates and plan early for possible impacts from wind and rain to homes, businesses, and communities.
For more information go to the following National Weather Service link:http://www.prh.noaa.gov/cphc/tc_graphics/latest_w.php?stormid=EP052016
Thank you for listening, this is your Hawaii County Civil Defense