Hawaii County Civil Defense Warning #6: Felicia Update

From Hawaii County Civil Defense:

This is a Tropical Storm Felicia update for Sunday afternoon, August 9, at 3:30.

Tropical Storm Felicia is now approximately 480 miles East Northeast of Hawai’i Island at 21.1 N latitude and 148.0 W longitude and moving toward the West near 14 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds are near 50 miles per hour with higher gusts. Hawai’i Island is currently under a tropical storm watch. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm effects of wind, surf, and rain may occur anytime within 48 hours.

Due to the National Weather Service forecast, the following advisories are issued:

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Hawai’i County beginning Monday.  Heavy rains are forecasted to begin Monday evening through Tuesday.

Wind speeds are also expected to increase on Monday evening to 35 miles per hour. Make sure loose objects around your property are secured.

A high surf warning is in effect for the Eastern shores of Hawai’i Island from 6 p.m. Wave heights are forecasted to increase on East facing shores to heights of 18 feet or greater starting this evening and peaking late Monday. As a precaution all County beach parks between Whittington Beach Park in Ka’u and Laupahoehoe Beach Park in Hamakua are closed through Wednesday morning. Hookena Beach Park in South Kona is included in these closures. Residents of coastal areas should be on the alert for sudden increases in surf heights.

As with all storms, be prepared for road closures and power outages.

Again Hawai’i County is under a tropical storm watch, flash flood watch, and high surf warning.

Updates will be issued every morning and afternoon and as conditions change

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