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Winter Storm Forces Closure of Multiple Maui Parks, Beaches

February 9, 2019, 5:16 PM HST · Updated February 10, 7:58 AM
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All South Maui parks as well as Baldwin and Kanahā beach parks will be closed Sunday due to a severe winter storm forecast to impact the entire state, county officials said.

An updated list of beach and park closures includes the following:

South Maui: all beach parks are closed.

Central Maui: Waiheʻe and Kanaha beach parks.

East Maui: Baldwin and Hoʻokipa beach parks.

West Maui: Papalaua Wayside Park and DT Fleming Beach Park.

Molokaʻi: Papohaku Beach.

Heavy winds and large surf are expected to impact Maui County, particularly Molokaʻi and the northern and southern coastlines of Maui. Residents and visitors are advised to stay indoors and postpone outside plans, including trips to the beach or park.

“It’s always better to be safe, than sorry,” Mayor Michael Victorino said. “Weather forecasters expect coastal flooding along with powerful wind gusts that may down trees, power lines and even blow over vehicles. I strongly encourage everyone to stay at home and stay informed.”

County officials also may close West Maui parks, including Papalaua Wayside Park, and advise the public to reschedule hiking or camping trips across the island. Residents also should bring in any loose belongings from outside, such as potted plants or furniture that may blow away in the wind.

Maui Emergency Management Agency held a video teleconference Saturday with the National Weather Service and other counties for the latest forecasts of the severe weather this weekend. Officials from various county, state and federal departments and nongovernmental organizations were present, including Haleakalā National Park, Maui Electric Co., state Department of Transportation and American Red Cross.

County officials will continue monitoring weather conditions through the weekend and respond to any emergencies.

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