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Hawaii County Civil Defense Update for Tuesday, August 11, at 2:45

This is a Civil Defense message.

The National Weather Service reports that Tropical Depression Felicia is dissipating.

The effects of Tropical Depression Felicia are still being felt as localized gusty winds over parts of the island. The strongest winds are near the Kailua-Kona Airport. Winds are forecasted to subside as the day progresses.

The current high surf warning in effect for Hawai’i Island was downgraded to a high surf advisory at 11:48 this morning. Wave heights continue to decrease.

We will continue to monitor Tropical Depression Felicia as it passes North and West of Hawai’i Island.

Unless conditions change that will affect your safety, this will be the last update for Tropical Depression Felicia

Thank you for your diligence during this time and have a safe day.

This is your Hawai’i County Civil Defense.

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

Hawaii County Civil Defense Message for Sunday, August 9 – Re: Tropical Storm Felicia

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Hawai’i County Civil Tropical Storm Felicia Update 5

This is a Civil Defense message.

This is a Tropical Storm Felicia update for Sunday morning, August 9, at 5:00.

The National Weather Service has downgraded Felicia from Hurricane to Tropical Storm status. Felicia is now approximately 595 miles East of Hawai’i Island at 20.6 N latitude and 146.0 W longitude and moving toward the West near 14 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds are near 70 miles per hour with higher gusts. A tropical storm watch has been issued for Hawai’i Island. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm effects of wind, surf, and rain may occur anytime within in 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.  Take steps now to mitigate the effects of flooding to your property.

Wind speeds are also expected to increase on Monday. As a precaution take steps now to secure loose objects outside your home.

Wave heights are forecasted to increase on our Eastern shores to heights of 15 feet or greater today. As a precaution all County beach parks between Whittington Beach Park in Ka’u and Laupahoehoe Beach Park in Hamakua will be closed from 2:30 this afternoon 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. Hawai’i County Civil Defense advises residents to take the time to mitigate the effects of rain, wind, and surf to their property.

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

Thank you and have a safe day.

This is your Hawai’i County Civil Defense.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Hurricane Felicia Update

I truly believe that Mauna Kea pushes away most of these hurricanes that have many of us worked up on the Big Island,  to the point where were stocking up on rice and toilet paper… but it is better to be safe then sorry.

Some folks say that the Big Island has never been hit with a Hurricane… but wikipedia states differently:

And a quick look at just the last 60 years… does show that Big Island has suffered some damage from hurricanes in the past.

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Hawai’i County Civil Hurricane Felicia Update 4

This is a Civil Defense message.

Red Cross & Hawai’i County Civil Defense Emphasizes Hurricane Preparedness

With Hurricane season here and the potential for Hurricane Felicia to affect our state, the American Red Cross in Hawaii and Hawai’i County Civil Defense emphasizes the need for everyone to be prepared.

The American Red Cross recommends three simple actions anyone should take to “Be Red Cross Ready” for disasters and other emergencies: 1) Get a kit, 2) Make a plan and 3) Be informed.  These three steps will help protect your family, strengthen our community, and potentially save yourself time and money.

One critical reminder to everyone, if you evacuate to a hurricane evacuation shelter there most likely will be no amenities.  This means no food service, established sleeping areas or supplies.  Hurricane Evacuation shelters simply provide safe shelter to ride out the storm and may be limited to standing room only.  It is critical that everyone take the time now to follow these steps to prepare.

Assemble a Family Disaster Supplies Kit

When a disaster strikes your community, you may not have access to food, water, electricity and other essential supplies for days, or even weeks.  A disaster supplies kit should include non-perishable food and bottled water (one gallon per person per day) for a minimum of 5-7 days, non-electric can opener, a flashlight and extra batteries, a first aid kit, a battery-powered radio, tools, extra clothing and bedding, prescription and non-prescription medications, pet supplies, cash, sanitary supplies, copies of important papers, contact information, maps and other special items for infants, pets, and elderly or disabled family members. This kit should be in an easy-to move container so that it can be used at home or taken with you in the event you must evacuate.

Prepare a Personal Evacuation Plan

Disasters often strike quickly and without warning and, when they do, often leave a wake of chaos and emotional trauma.  People should determine their actions before a disaster occurs.  Planning ahead of time makes it easier to make decisions in a potentially stressful time and helps to know what to do if separated from others in the household.  Families can – and do – cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team.  They do this by deciding in advance what they will do when their daily routines are disrupted by an emergency.  Planning what each person is to do, where each will go, and how they will get there makes a big difference.  Identify ahead of time where you could go if you are told to evacuate. Choose two places—one place within your neighborhood and one outside of your neighborhood, maybe a friend’s home.  If advised to evacuate, do so immediately. In case you have to evacuate to a Red Cross shelter, be sure to bring your family disaster supplies kit along with bedding.  Be sure to also make advance preparations for your pets and people with special health needs like children, frail, elderly and people with disabilities.

Be Informed

It is important that people learn about what disasters or emergencies may occur where they live, work and play.  Learning vital lifesaving skills such as First Aid and CPR/AED can help people take care of their loved ones after a disaster occurs and can equip them to become resources to their communities.  We also encourage people who are interested in helping out during a disaster to take free disaster training from the Red Cross and find out how you can help with sheltering, mass feeding, health services, crisis counseling and client casework.

More details are available at www.hawaiiredcross.org.  A variety of ready-made disaster kits are available for purchase and a schedule of lifesaving classes are online.  Getting prepared doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming.   Preparing for the unexpected has clear personal benefits, and when everyone prepares, the benefits extend to our entire community. We hope you will do your part by taking three simple steps to “Be Red Cross Ready” during this Hurricane Season

This is a Hurricane Felicia update for Saturday afternoon, August 8, at 3:15.

Hurricane Felicia is now approximately 845 miles East of Hawai’i Island. Felica continues to move toward the west near 15 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds near 85 miles per hour. A tropical storm watch is expected to be issued later this evening. A tropical storm watch mean that tropical storm effects of wind, surf, and rain may occur anytime in 48 hours.

The latest forecast from the National Weather Service indicates that Hurricane Felicia will weaken to a tropical storm or depression near the Hawaiian Islands. Due to this forecast by the National Weather Service, the following Hawai’i County Civil Defense advisories are issued:

Heavy rain is forecasted early in the work week, possibly starting Monday.  Take steps now to mitigate the effects of flooding to your property.

Wind speeds are expected to increase Monday, to what level is undetermined at this time. As a precaution take steps now to secure loose objects outside your home.

Wave heights are forecasted to increase on our Eastern shores to heights of 15 feet or greater. As a precaution all County beach parks between Whittington Beach Park in Ka’u and Laupahoehoe Beach Park in Hamakua will be closed from 2:30p.m. Sunday afternoon 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.

Again, the National Weather Service continues to track Hurricane Felicia as it approaches the Hawaiian Islands. While there are no National Weather Service advisories in effect at this time, Hawai’i County Civil Defense advises residents to take the time to mitigate the effects of rain, wind, and surf to their property.

This is your Hawai’i County Civil Defense.

Big Island Pro-Am – Honoli’i Surf Classic Goes on Sunday – Despite Hurricane Felicia

Honoli'i Surf Classic

Recycling and Reuse Centers Closed at County Transfer Stations Monday and Tuesday Due to Felicia

From the Mayor’s Office:

Due to the approaching storm, HI-5 Redemption Recycling, Mixed Recycling Centers and Reuse Centers will be closed at all County Transfer Stations on Monday, August 10 through Tuesday, August 11, 2009. These sites will reopen on Wednesday, August 12, 2009.

County Transfer Stations, Green Waste, and Scrap Metal Facilities will remain open until further notice.

For more information, please go to the County Solid Waste Division’s website: www.hawaiizerowaste.org

The safety of the Public and our employees is our priority. Mahalo for your kōkua.

The American Red Cross Prepares for Hurricane Felicia

Disaster Services worker Court Ogilvie (in Washington, DC – our headquarters) talks about the preparations we make for any impending storm and the specific challenges a possible hurricane in Hawaii brings.

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Are You Sure About this Kenoi?

The following was released by the Mayors Office about an hour ago:

…Hurricane Felicia is about 1,700 miles East-Southeast of the Island of Hawai’i, and does not pose an immediate threat…

I sure hope so… because these other images show Big Island taking the brunt of this “Bitch”.

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Mayor is Briefed on Hurricane Felicia

From the Mayor’s Office:

Mayor Billy Kenoi was briefed on Hurricane Felicia at the Hawai’i County Civil Defense headquarters today, and reminded County of Hawai’i residents to always be vigilant and prepared in hurricane season.

Hurricane Felicia is about 1,700 miles East-Southeast of the Island of Hawai’i, and does not pose an immediate threat. The hurricane is forecasted to lose strength as it approaches the Hawaiian Islands, but Mayor Kenoi urged residents to review their contingency plans and check their Family Disaster Supplies kit.

Those disaster supplies should include a First-Aid kit, any special medicines that are needed, flashlights and batteries, a portable radio, drinking water and five to seven days of non-perishable foods.

Updates on Hurricane Felicia and tips on being prepared in hurricane season are posted at the Civil Defense Web site at http://co.hawaii.hi.us/cd/index.htm

“Residents need to have a plan, need to know where the nearest shelter is and should always be prepared in hurricane season,” Mayor Kenoi said. “County, State and Federal officials will be closely monitoring Hurricane Felicia, and will provide regular updates for the public.”

Shelter locations are posted on the Internet at http://www.scd.hawaii.gov/

Bye Lana, Hello Felicia… Yes It’s Hurricane Season in Hawaii Again

Forecasters say Hurricane Felicia continuing to intensify rapidly, now is a category 2 storm and could be near Hawaii in 5 days. 21 minutes ago from BNO Headquarters

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