Hurricane Iselle became Tropical Storm Iselle at 11 p.m. Thursday. As she downgraded, she also slowed down.
The storm moved across South Point around midnight and the center of the storm is now about 80 miles southwest of Kona and about 120 miles SSW of Kahului. Here is the latest animated satellite image of Tropical Storm Iselle. Following are the updated storm-related situations as reported by Maui County Civil Defense:
- Hana Highway at milepost 26.5 near Nahiku now open.
- County offices remain closed today, with the exception of the County Clerk’s Office, which is open and receiving absentee ballots until 2:00 p.m. today.
- Water is limited only in the Upper Kula area as MECO crews work to restore power to the Olinda Water Treatment Plant. Customers in Upper Kula are asked to conserve water.
- All airports are open; Kalaupapa Airport is currently without power but remains open.
- As of midnight last night, there were a total of 231 ndividuals at eight shelters in Maui County.
- Residents needing to report storm-related damage may access the reporting form online at www.mauicounty.gov under “Storm Information.”
“We have been fortunate that Iselle appears to have subsided a bit, but we are still in a Tropical Storm Warning and must remain vigilant as Hurricane Julio is right around the corner,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “I am grateful for all the responders who have been monitoring the situation 24/7 in the County’s Emergency Operations Center, and will continue to do so throughout Julio’s approach. The public’s cooperation in staying safe by staying off the roads and out of the water has also been greatly appreciated. Please pay close attention to weather and news updates on Julio so that we’re not caught off-guard.”