By Jeff King
If you haven’t done so yet, it’s time to prepare for the very real possibility that Tropical Storm Darby will directly impact Maui County. The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning. That means tropical storm conditions will most likely impact Maui and the surrounding islands by midnight Saturday.
EFFECTS: At 11:00 am, the center of Tropical Storm Darby was located near latitude 18.5n, longitude 151.0w, or about 280 miles east-southeast of Hilo or about 390 miles SSE of Kahului and about 490 miles east-southeast of Honolulu. Tropical Storm Darby is moving west at 12 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph.
Maui Weather Today meteorologist Glenn James cautions that this is NOT a drill. James says the effects of the peak of Darby could last trough the say and night, Saturday before moving away toward the northwest. Backyard projectiles, pets, lawn furniture and potted plants should also be taken into consideration when preparing your home.
Now is also the time make make sure your emergency kit is ready. You should plan for enough food and water for your family – including your pets – for up to seven days. Make sure rechargeable batteries are all charged before power failures. And don’t forget to plan for medications you may need over the next few days.
As an additional precaution, The Maui County Department of Parks & Recreation will be revoking all overnight camping permits at county beach parks this weekend due to Maui County being under a Tropical Storm Warning.
Those with overnight camping permits for tonight will be informed by park rangers that they need to be vacated by noon on Saturday (July 23). There will be no overnight camping allowed for Saturday and Sunday (July 23 to 24).
Campers who were already issued permits for this weekend can go to any district office to get a refund either today or on Monday. The department thanks the public for their understanding and urges them to stay safe this weekend.
Maui County Civil Defense offers the following facts:
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: IT IS VITAL THAT YOU DO NOT FOCUS ON THE EXACT FORECAST TRACK. FORECAST MOVEMENT, DIRECTION, AND SPEED ARE ONLY ESTIMATES. EVEN SMALL ERRORS IN THE FORECAST TRACK CAN MEAN MAJOR DIFFERENCES IN WHERE THE WORST CONDITIONS WILL OCCUR. DAMAGING EFFECTS CAN EXTEND FAR FROM THE CENTER.
NOW IS THE TIME TO PREPARE. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL IT IS TOO LATE. STAY CALM AND KEEP INFORMED. CLOSELY MONITOR RADIO OR OTHER LOCAL NEWS OUTLETS FOR OFFICIAL STORM INFORMATION. LISTEN FOR WARNINGS OR CHANGES TO THE FORECAST.
LOOSE OBJECTS SUCH AS LAWN FURNITURE, GARBAGE CANS, AND OTHER ITEMS SHOULD BE SECURED OR STORED INDOORS. HAVE SUPPLIES ON HAND AND BE READY FOR POWER OUTAGES.
BE READY TO EVACUATE IF NECESSARY. HEED ALL ADVICE OF LOCAL OFFICIALS AND COMPLY WITH ANY ORDERS THAT ARE ISSUED. PERSONS LIVING NEAR THE SHORE SHOULD BE PREPARED TO EVACUATE QUICKLY SHOULD BUILDING SURF THREATEN.
INFORMATION: Maui Civil Defense Agency will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio for any updates. NOAA Weather broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather internet services can be found at weather.gov/hawaii.
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200. This same notification can be found on the Maui County website at mauicounty.gov.