This is a Tropical Storm Darby update for Friday July 22nd at 10:00 AM.
The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Hawaii County. A tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected in Hawaii County within 36 hours. A high surf warning for east facing shores is also in effect.
As of this morning, Tropical Storm Darby is located about 390 miles east of Hilo moving to the west at 12 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds are 60 miles per hour with higher gusts.
The public is advised to be storm ready. Damaging surf, rain, wind, flooding, rock and mud slides are expected to begin affecting the Big Island later today. Residents are urged to complete storm preparations before nightfall.
Should power be lost or access be blocked – ensure you have prescription medications, ice, water, oxygen, backup power and fuel if needed.
To keep visitors and employees safe as Tropical Storm Darby approaches, all camping and pavilion reservations at County and State parks have been cancelled today through Sunday. All backcountry areas and certain roads in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, are closed effective 5 p.m. today. County lava viewing and swimming pools are closed effective noon today. Beginning Saturday, all State and County park facilities are closed until further notice.
If possible and safe, shelter in place or with family and friends. However, the following pet friendly emergency shelters open today at 4 pm: Waiakea High, Kalanianaole Elementary, Keaau High, Pahoa High, Honokaa High and Intermediate, Kealakehe High, Konawaena High and Ka’u High. Requirements for pets that need shelter are listed at hawaiicounty.gov. Bring bedding, food, water and any personal items you may need. Hilo High, Laupahoehoe Community Charter School, Mountain View Elementary, Waikoloa, and Kohala High and Elementary open today at 4 pm but are unable to accommodate pets. Again, bring bedding, food, water and any personal items you may need.
Monitor your local radio broadcasts for information updates and go to hawaiicounty.gov for more details.