This is a Tropical Storm Darby update for Thursday July 21st at 6:00 PM.
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 500 miles east of Hilo moving in a west direction at 13 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, and is forecast to become a high surf warning tomorrow morning at 6 a.m. 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.
Please also consider preparations should power be lost or access be blocked – ensure you have prescription medications, ice, water, oxygen, and back up power if needed.
All camping reservations at County parks are being cancelled from Friday to Sunday. Pavilion reservations at County parks are also being cancelled on Saturday and Sunday, and County swimming pools will also be closed along with the Ho’olulu Complex.. Lava viewing in Kalapana will be closed from Friday to Sunday.
The following public schools are scheduled to be opened as emergency shelters at 4 pm tomorrow, or Friday afternoon:
- Hilo High
- Waiakea High
- Kalanianaole Elementary
- Keaau High
- Pahoa High
- Laupahoehoe Community Charter School
- Honokaa High and Intermediate
- Kohala High and Elementary
- Waikoloa Elementary
- Kealakehe High, Konawaena High
- Ka’u High and Mountain View Elementary.
Consider bringing bedding, food, water and any personal items you may need.
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 www.hawaiicounty.gov/civil-defense
Hawaii County Civil Defense