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Tropical Storm Flossie Changes Course – Big Island Spared

As of 5:00 this morning, it looks like Tropical Storm Flossie has changed directions and the Big Island will be spared from a direct hit from the storm:

Flossie Big Island

County of Hawaii Directs All Non Essential Employees to Remain Home During Flossie – Urges Employers to do the Same

This is a Tropical Storm Warning Information Update for Sunday July 28th at 6:00 PM.

Civildefense

Tropical Storm Flossie continues on a westward track and is expected to make land fall on the Big Island Monday morning. High Surf and storm surge may begin to affect the coastal areas late tonight and continue through tomorrow. Strong winds and heavy rains and flooding are expected to begin at approximately 6:00 AM tomorrow morning.

Evacuation Shelters will be open by 4:00 AM tomorrow at the following sites: Pahoa Community Center, Aunty Sally”s Luau Hale, Laupahoehoe Charter School, Honokaa Sports Complex, Waimea Community Center, Hisaoka Gym in North Kohala, Mt. View School, Pahala Community Center, West Hawaii Civic Center.

In an effort to ensure the safety of, and reduce the risk to employees, employers are encouraged to limit staffing to essential employees only. The County of Hawaii will be directing all non essential employees to remain home and County operations will be adjusted for emergency operations.

Again, Tropical Storm Flossie continues on a westward track and is expected to make land fall on the Big Island Monday morning. High surf and storm surge may begin to affect the coastal areas late tonight and continue through tomorrow. Strong winds and heavy rains and flooding are expected to begin at approximately 6:00 AM tomorrow morning.

Evacuation Shelters will be open by 4:00 Am tomorrow at the following sites: Pahoa Community Center, Aunty Sally”s Luau Hale, Laupahoehoe Charter School, Honokaa Sports Complex, Waimea Community Center, Hisaoka Gym in North Kohala, Mt. View School, Pahala Community Center, West Hawaii Civic Center.

In an effort to insure the safety of and reduce the risk to employees, employers are encouraged to limit staffing to essential employees only. The County of Hawaii will be directing all non essential employees to remain home and County operations will be adjusted for emergency operations.

 

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park – Minimal Services Until Flossie Passes

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will remain open during Tropical Storm Flossie, but with minimal services.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Entrance

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Entrance

“We encourage people to shelter in place, and stay off roads. Our first priority is safety, and keeping our park employees and visitors out of harm’s way,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando.

Park officials have closed the following areas as of Sunday evening. Closures remain in effect until the storm has passed and conditions are safe:

  • Chain of Craters Road, from Devastation Trail parking lot to the coast
  • All backcountry areas, including Mauna Loa and cabins
  • Mauna Loa Road (known locally as “Mauna Loa Strip Road”)
  • All coastal areas, including, ‘Āpua Point, Keauhou, Halapē, and Ka‘aha
  • Kulanaokuaiki campsite
  • Nāpau campsite
  • Nāmakanipaio Campgrounds and A-frame cabins
  • Jaggar Museum (observation deck open but no rangers on duty)
  • Additional closures may be warranted as Flossie nears

Kīlauea Visitor Center will open Monday from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. with reduced staffing. Thurston Lava Tube will remain open. Volcano House and Kīlauea Military Camp are open.
The National Weather Service issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the islands of Hawai‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i, Kaho‘olawe, Lāna‘i, and O‘ahu. Forecasters predict extremely heavy rains. As of 5 p.m. HST Sunday, Tropical Storm Flossie was approximately 320 miles east of Hilo, with sustained winds of 60 mph, and higher gusts expected. The storm is moving west at 18 mph.

For updates on Tropical Storm Flossie, go to http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/cphc/

For Civil Defense updates for the County of Hawai‘i, and the location of local shelters, go to http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts/.

 

National Weather Service Places Oahu Under a Tropical Storm Warning – Statewide List of Evacuation Shelters

National Weather Service places Oahu under a Tropical Storm Warning

The National Weather Service has placed Oahu under a Tropical Storm Warning. A Tropical Storm Warning is issued when the threat of tropical storm conditions of high wind and storm surge are expected within 36 hours. Actions for protection of life and property should begin immediately. Evacuations may be ordered depending on the severity of Tropical Storm Flossie.

Click to see the statewide list of shelters

Click to see the statewide list of shelters

All residents are advised to take the following preparedness actions:

Fill up the fuel tank in your vehicle(s).

Have some spare cash on hand. The amount you would normally spend in one week is a good choice.

Be aware of the hazards that hurricanes and tropical storms create – destructive storm surge, severe flooding and high winds.

Know the location of your nearest hurricane shelter but do not automatically go there. Locations and opening times will be broadcast over TV and radio. See this link for Hawaii Hurricane Evacuation Shelters http://www.scd.hawaii.gov/documents/2013HurEvachelters.pdf

Know if you are located in a tsunami evacuation zone. Evacuation zones for hurricanes and tropical storms are the same as those for tsunami events. Evacuation zones are printed in the yellow tabbed section of your telephone white pages. Or see this link for an interactive evacuation zone map http://tsunami.csc.noaa.gov/

Consider designating an off-island friend as a family emergency contact should you be separated following a hurricane or other disaster. When phone systems are restored family members would check in with this person.

Plan to care for your family pets in the event you have to evacuate your home. Do not leave pets at home. If your home is not safe for you it is not safe for your pets.

Find out if your insurance policy covers flood damage.

Stock a seven-day supply of non-perishable foods and emergency supplies.

Make sure you have a battery operated radio, flashlight and spare batteries on hand at all times.