For most of us – this is as close to a hurricane we hope to ever be.
As of 10 a.m. today, Hurricane Ana is about 200 miles southwest of Kahului, moving toward the northwest at 13 miles per hour.
The Tropical Storm Watch has been lifted for Maui County and the Big Island, but remains for O’ahu, Kaua’i and Ni’ihau. However, there are still several watches and warnings in effect:
- A flash flood watch has been issued for all islands until 6 p.m. tomorrow. Rainfall amounts could exceed 6-8 inches in some places.
- A high surf advisory is in effect for Maui’s south and west-facing shores through tonight. Waves churned by Ana’a hurricane-force winds could reach 10-14 feet.
- A Hurricane Warning is in effect for mariners ranging from 40 to 240 miles off shore.
- A wind advisory is in effect for upper elevations. Winds could reach 30-65 miles per hour at the most exposed places in the state. The advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. today.
From the wind profiler image, Ana is a “textbook” case hurricane. While the strongest winds are in the upper half of the storm, the area just beyond that range (about 60 miles from the storm center) is surprisingly calm. The wake of the storm, though, is sending a legion of large swells our way and exposed south shores will take a pretty intense battering throughout the day.