This is a Hurricane Madeline update for Tuesday, August 30th at 12:30 PM.
A Hurricane Warning is now in effect for Hawaii County. A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 36 hours. Preparations to protect life and property should be completed by nightfall today.
As of 11 AM today the National Weather Service reports Hurricane Madeline is located about 370 miles east of Hilo. Madeline is a category three hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour with higher gusts. Some weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours.
Madeline is moving west at 10 miles per hour. This motion is expected to continue today, followed by a turn toward the west-southwest tonight through early Thursday. On this forecast track, the center of Madeline will pass very close to South Point of the Big Island.
The following hazards are anticipated:
Hurricane force winds are expected over Hawaii County sometime Wednesday into early Thursday.
Ocean swells generated by Madeline are expected to build from east to west across the Hawaiian Islands today and tonight, possibly becoming damaging along east facing shores of the Big Island.
Heavy rains associated with Madeline may reach Hawaii County on Wednesday with greatest amounts over windward areas. This rainfall may lead to dangerous flash floods and mudslides.
In preparation for Hurricane Madeline, the public is advised to be StormReady.
Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include a flashlight with fresh batteries, cash, first aid supplies, and any medication or supplies specific to you or your family members.
Plan how to communicate with family members. Create an evacuation plan for your household. Bring in or secure outdoor furniture and other items that could blow away. Keep your vehicle fueled and cell phone charged.
To help preserve water availability through the storm, the Department of Water Supply asks customers to minimize non-essential use of water, such as irrigation.
Find more StormReady tips and sign up for notifications at hawaiicounty.gov.
Civil Defense will maintain close communications with the National Weather Service. Continue to monitor your local radio broadcasts for up-to-date information.
Thank you for listening, this is your Hawaii County Civil Defense.