SITUATION OVERVIEW: Tropical Cyclone Iselle is expected to bring heavy rains, high surf, and strong winds to the Big Island Wednesday and Thursday, and the rest of the state Thursday night and Friday. Also, coastal flooding will be possible as high surf rises along East facing shores as early as Wednesday.
Tropical cyclone watches or warnings are likely to be issued in the near future. Although changes are still possible, the latest forecast is for sustained winds of 40 mph or higher from early Friday morning to early Friday afternoon. Depending on the exact track of Iselle, there is a possibility of minor wind damage. Also, high seas will be a concern to small craft as Iselle approaches.
A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the State of Hawaii from Thursday, 4:00 a.m. to Friday, 6:00 a.m.
It is still too early to determine which island is at most risk from Iselle.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: IT IS VITAL THAT YOU DO NOT FOCUS ON THE EXACT FORECAST TRACK. FORECAST MOVEMENT, DIRECTION, AND SPEED ARE ONLY ESTIMATES. EVEN SMALL ERRORS IN THE FORECAST TRACK CAN MEAN MAJOR DIFFERENCES IN WHERE THE WORST CONDITIONS WILL OCCUR DAMAGING EFFECTS CAN EXTEND FAR FROM THE CENTER.
INFORMATION: Maui Civil Defense Agency will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio for any updates.
NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. The NOAA Weather internet services can be found at www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl .
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200.