By Jeff King
Hurricane Ana has retained her strength as a Category 1 hurricane.
As of 11 a.m., Ana was about 195 miles southwest of Kahului. She has slowed a bit – moving toward the northwest at 12 mph. Maximum sustained winds are 80 mph – extending outward about 60 miles in all directions from the center of the storm. While Ana is a hurricane, she has not developed that distinctive “eye” normally associated with very large cyclones. She has all the other attributes of a hurricane, including destructive winds, storm surf, and the reminder that we in paradise should always be prepared.
As a service to our readers, we offer the following real-time links to see what is happening as Hurricane Ana moves parallel to the island chain:
- Infrared satellite animation from the National Weather Service.
- Glenn James Maui Weather Today with gust-by-gust commentary.
- Latest looping animation from the National Weather Service.
- Central Pacific Hurricane Center – with all the technical stuff.
- Maui Webcam from Charley Young Beach in Kihei (Courtesy The Hansen Group).
- Waikiki Beach Webcam (Courtesy Sheraton Resorts)
- Poipu Beach Webcam on Kaua’i (Courtesy Sheraton Resorts).
Maui TV News will continue to follow the storm as Hurricane Ana continues to roll westward. The American Red Cross has already closed shelters on the Big Island. They do not plan to open any emergency shelters in Maui County. Kaua’i shelters will be considered later today depending on the storm’s movements. On O’ahu, the Red Cross plans to open shelters at 4 p.m. today at BYU Hawai’i, and at Farrington, Leilehua and Nanakuli High Schools as well as Waimanalo Elementary School.