The projected arrival of storm force winds associated with Hurricane Ignacio could facilitate the need to close commercial ports throughout the Hawaiian Islands, according to the US Coast Guard.
The Captain of the Port has already issued a Condition Whiskey (IV) status to the ports of: Hilo and Kawaihae on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi; and Kaunakakai, Kamalapau and Kahului in Maui County. The alert condition indicates that winds above 39 mph are expected within 72 hours.The newest computer models show more confidence that Ignacio may steer clear of the islands.
Port conditions on the islands of Oʻahu and Kauaʻi are being monitored as the storm nears. Port conditions are subject to change based on the projected path and intensity of Ignacio.
The various Port Condition classifications include the following:
- Condition Hurricane Season Preparedness (V): Seasonal readiness, 1 June – 30 Nov.
- Condition Whiskey (IV): The ALERT condition in which winds above 39 mph are expected within 72 hours.
- Condition X-Ray (III): The READINESS condition in which winds above 39 mph are expected within 48 hours.
- Condition Yankee (II): The WARNING condition in which winds above 39 mph are expected within 24 hours.
- Condition Zulu (I): The DANGER condition in which winds above 39 mph are expected within 12 hours and until the storm has passed and is no longer a threat.
The Coast Guard will continue to broadcast notice condition status changes to mariners and send out a marine safety information bulletin to the maritime community. Additionally, all maritime users are requested to monitor the progress of this hurricane and make preparations accordingly.
Back on land, all back-country access within Haleakala National Park will be closed tomorrow. Park officials will reassess the conditions Monday. For more details, visit their web site.
Also, the statewide monthly Civil Defense siren test, scheduled for 11:45 a.m. September 1, has been cancelled. Officials do not want residents to think the sirens that morning are storm warnings. Once again – if you hear the siren -it’s probably a good idea to get indoors.