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Maui Mayor Urges Vigilance as Unpredictable Ana Advances

October 17, 2014, 11:31 AM HST
* Updated October 17, 2:53 PM
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Maui prepares for Ana. Graphics by Wendy Osher.

Maui prepares for Ana. Graphics by Wendy Osher.

By Maui Now Staff

“Due to the high level of uncertainty as to Tropical Cyclone Ana’s track and strength,” county officials announced that county parks, campgrounds and recreational facilities will be closed on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.

“It is very important that our community remains vigilant due to the fact that storms like this are very unpredictable,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa in a press release statement issued this morning.

“Past storms such as Iselle have caused significant and unexpected damage, so we need everyone to stay alert and continue to monitor weather advisories. We’re not out of the woods yet,” he said.

“Facilities will reopen following appropriate safety assessments at each Park site,” a county announcement stated.

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Campsites will be closed starting today, Friday, Oct. 17.

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County Landfills Remain Open:

Unless weather conditions are worse than predicted, all Maui County landfills are expected to remain open tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 18, with normal schedules except on Molokaʻi, which will close early at 1 p.m. due to staffing levels.

Tropical Cyclone Ana’s progress is being monitored closely at the Maui County Civil Defense Agency and officials will keep an eye on the storm’s development over the weekend.

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A Tropical Storm watch was issued for Maui County, and Ana was upgraded to a Hurricane just before 11 a.m. today.  The latest hurricane forecast is posted as of 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at the following direct LINK.

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