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Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui (left), Emergency Management Officer Anna Foust (middle), and Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa (right).  Photo by Wendy Osher.
VIDEO: Maui Mid-Day Press Conference on Iselle Preparations
August 7th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Featured, Maui News
 

Mayor Arakawa asked that residents stay indoors this evening. “Civil Defense has recommended that no one, except for emergency personnel be out on the roads past 9 p.m.,” he said during the press conference. “This is very important, as we are expecting damaging tropical storm force winds of up to 60 mph, as well as potential life-threatening flash floods and rock and mudslides.”


Satellite imagery of Iselle at 9:30 a.m. HST, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Image courtesy CPHC/NOAA/NWS.
Iselle Update: 9 a.m. Press Conference Highlights
August 7th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Featured, Hurricane Tracker, Maui News, Weather
 

The impacts—in the form of heavy rain, strong winds, and storm surge—are anticipated to begin as early as 4 p.m. on Hawaiʻi Island today, with the center of the storm passing over the Big Island of Hawaiʻi in the late afternoon to evening hours.


Satellite imagery of Iselle at 6:30 a.m. HST, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Image courtesy CPHC/NOAA/NWS.
Iselle Update: Impacts Projected for Maui
August 7th, 2014 · 8 Comments · Featured, Hurricane Tracker, Maui News, Weather
 

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center says the onset of tropical storm conditions are expected over Maui County tonight, with very large damaging surf expected along mainly east and south shores starting late tonight.


Kohala earthquake, 8/7/14. Image courtesy USGS/HVO.
No Tsunami Threat After Hawaiʻi 4.5 Earthquake
August 7th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Featured, Maui News
 

There is no tsunami threat to Hawaiʻi following a 4.5 (upgraded from a 4.2 preliminary magnitude) earthquake reported at 6:24 a.m. HST on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in the Kohala region of the Big Island of Hawaiʻi, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.


Mayor Arakawa discusses contingency plans as Flossie nears.  Photo by Wendy Osher.
State, County Employees on Maui to Be Sent Home Thursday
August 6th, 2014 · 4 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Featured, Maui News
 

The mayor’s office announced that it will be sending home all non-emergency county employees at noon on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, with the possible exception of county elections employees.


NOAA/CPHC/NOAA image of Hurricane Iselle, showing a well defined eye, with signs that shear is weakening.  2 p.m. 8/6/14.
Hurricane Iselle 2 p.m. Press Conference Highlights
August 6th, 2014 · 3 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Featured, Maui News
 

Iselle is now located about 625 miles ESE of Hilo, Hawaiʻi. The system still has maximum sustained winds of 90 mph with present movement towards the WNW at 16 mph. Heavy rain is expected Thursday and Friday, with an anticipated 5 to 8 inches.


Governor Neil Abercrombie. Photo by Wendy Osher.
Anticipating Cyclones, Governor Signs Emergency Proclamation
August 6th, 2014 · 10 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Featured, Maui News
 

It allows easier access to emergency resources at the state and federal levels, along with the suspension of certain laws as needed for emergency purposes.


File photo by Wendy Osher.
List of Closures and Cancellations for Maui County
August 5th, 2014 · 6 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Featured, Maui News
 

The following is a summary of closures in Maui County due to impending tropical storms Iselle and Julio.


This boat was
destroyed and
beached in front
of the Sheraton
at Black Rock at
Ka‘anapali Beach,
Maui, by Hurricane
Iniki in 1992. Photo
courtesy of Ward
Graessle.
Mariners Urged to Prep for ‘Extreme’ Seas Around Hawai’i
August 5th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Featured, Maui News
 

Once the storm begins to impact the islands, emergency responders may not be able to assist those in danger.


Iselle 5-day track 5 a.m. HST (8 a.m. PDT), Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Image courtesy CPHC/NOAA/NWS.
Heavy Rain, Flooding Forecast as Iselle Approaches Hawaiʻi
August 5th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Featured, Hurricane Tracker, Maui News, Weather
 

A Flood Potential Outlook for the state says heavy rain and flash flooding are possible Thursday and Friday. A tropical storm warning was also issued for offshore waters between 40 and 240 nautical miles around Hawaiʻi.


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