Hawaii County Civil Defense Update on Hurricane Lester

This is a Hurricane Lester information update for Friday September 2nd, at 6:30 PM.

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At 5 PM, the National Weather Service reported that Hurricane Lester was located 270 miles east-northeast of Hilo, moving west-northwest at 14 MPH with maximum sustained winds at 105 MPH.

Hurricane Lester is expected to pass north of the Big Island early Saturday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Warning for east facing shores until 6 PM tomorrow evening. Surf heights of 15-25 feet are expected for Big Island east-facing shores. The public is advised to avoid east-facing shore areas.

For those impacted from High Surf, shelters are open at Pahoa Community Center and at Keaukaha – Kawananakoa Gym.

Civil Defense will continue to track the storm and maintain close communications with the National Weather Service.

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