By Jeff King
The scene looks familiar – but forecasters say it likely won’t repeat the experience we all had while Hurricanes Iselle and Julio swung by earlier this month. There are three large tropical systems in the eastern Pacific. Two of them are hurricanes. There is also a deep low pressure system about 700 miles southeast of Hilo but the Central Pacific Hurricane Center only gives that about a 10 percent chance of forming into a tropical storm.
Karina has regained sufficient strength to become a Category One hurricane with sustained winds of more than 75 miles per hour. She continues on a very unusual track northeastward in an area where the vast majority of weather systems move from east to west. Tropical Storm Lowell is much larger in size but is weakening. The National Hurricane Center expects Lowell to become sub-tropical by tomorrow. Hurricane Marie is intensifying. With current sustained winds of 80 mph, the storm is expected to parallel the coast of Mexico before dissipating over open ocean.
Maui weather guru Glenn James says the chance of any significant storms heading our way is very slight through next week.
The magnitude of that overnight earthquake has been upped a tick. Originally reported as a 4.1, the adjusted number is now 4.2 on the Richter Scale according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on the Big Island.
The temblor occurred at 2:37 a.m. today and was felt across Maui County. There were no aftershocks and no tsunami threat was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Center on O’ahu.
Earlier Friday the center said it estimated the quake at 4.1 which was reported at 2:37 a.m. Friday in the “deep ocean” southwest of Lanai.
But the USGS said although the magnitude was initially estimated at 4.0, a more detailed seismic analyses resulted in a final magnitude of 4.2. It occurred in the ocean about 4 miles deep and 34 miles west-southwest of Maunaloa, Molokai.
WAILUKU – The County of Maui Solid Waste Division announced a missed route affecting the Haiku service areas today due to manpower shortage.
The missed pickup is expected to be made on Saturday, August 23. The Department apologizes for the inconvenience and appreciates the community’s understanding and cooperation.
By Jeff King
And Marie makes three. The busier than average 2014 Pacific hurricane season gave birth to the planet’s newest major storm – which is forecast to become a major hurricane in just a few days. She trails Tropical Storm Lowell and Hurricane Karina by about 1,200 miles.
Tropical Storm Marie first appeared on radar Wednesday in the area of the eastern Pacific that commonly spawns major storms. As of 5 a.m. today, Marie was strengthening quickly while moving toward the west northwest at 14 mph. Wind speeds have already passed the marker for tropical storms. She’s blowing more than 50 mph. Her current forecast track shows that Marie will survive as a major hurricane while paralleling the West coast of Mexico and California by about 1,000 miles.
Karina has strengthened into a hurricane while moving northeastward. Forecasters say she will likely make another turn to the west before dissipating over cooler waters. Lowell has weakened slightly and is now a tropical storm. At some point around the middle of next week, all three storms are expected to be in the same zone – about 1,000 mile northeast of Hawai’i. None, meteorologists say, poses a threat to Hawai’i.
The National Weather Service has continued the HIGH SURF ADVISORY for SOUTH FACING SHORES of MAUI COUNTY, in effect until 6:00 p.m. this evening.
A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.
EFFECTS: The above normal swell generated by a passing storm in the far South Pacific, is on its way down. Expect this swell, and surf to be ease below advisory level by late this afternoon.
Expect surf of 5 to 8 feet today.
Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: EXPECT STRONG BREAKING WAVES, SHOREBREAK, AND STRONG LONGSHORE AND RIP CURRENTS, MAKING SWIMMING DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS. BEACHGOERS, SWIMMERS, AND SURFERS SHOULD HEED ALL ADVICE GIVEN BY OCEAN SAFETY OFFICIALS AND EXERCISE CAUTION.
INFORMATION: Maui Civil Defense will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts for any updates.
NOAA Weather Broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. 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.
WAILUKU – The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development announced today the release of an open Request For Proposal (RFP) to use and repurpose the campus of Old Maui High School (OMHS). The County of Maui is interested in granting a long-term (20+ years) lease for the OMHS campus for $1.00 per year, in return for the campus to be used for a higher and better purpose than currently exists. Proposed projects will need to fit within the parameters of the State of Hawaii Executive Order No. 4343 which stipulates that the approved uses for the campus include education, agriculture and related support purposes, or social services.
“Repurposing the Old Maui High School is something that has been needed for a very long time,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “The county has spent several million dollars over the years just paying for basic maintenance. We decided to take the approach that the private sector might come up with some innovative ways to use this grand old campus if we made the lease attractive enough. We already have several inquiries, and we are looking forward to seeing what kinds of projects are proposed.”
“The campus has serious infrastructure problems which will need to be addressed in the proposals,” said Teena Rasmussen, Director of OED, “There is no potable drinking water or adequate fire protection and a septic system will need to be installed. But none of these infrastructure needs are insurmountable. The county will work with the winning proposer to ensure a successful outcome.”
Multiple studies have been completed that clearly define the needs of the property. The Friends of Old Maui High School also commissioned a Master Plan which was prepared by Chris Hart & Partners. The studies are available at the OED office at no charge to anyone interested in submitting a proposal.
OED is allowing plenty of time for proposals to be prepared. The deadline for submitting proposals is March 1, 2015. The proposer must demonstrate the financial capability to not only carry out their business plan but to also address the infrastructure issues.
The campus is currently being managed by Friends of Old Maui High School. The group has been caretaking the property and keeping up basic maintenance on the buildings. This has been made possible by a grant received from OED for approximately $80,000. each year. The campus recently celebrated its 100th anniversary, at which time alumni arrived from around the country to celebrate and reminisce about their days spent on the campus.
For more information, contact the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development at 808-270-7710.
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