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.
(HONOLULU) – As a follow up to Friday’s court decision invalidating the emergency rule prohibiting overnight presence along the upper Mauna Kea road corridor, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) reminds people that camping in forest reserves and public hunting areas without a permit remains illegal under Hawaii Administrative Rules.
Additional rules pertaining to activities on Mauna Kea and in all State of Hawaii Forest Reserves and public hunting areas include:
In Natural Area Reserves on Mauna Kea and elsewhere, Hawaii Administrative Rules prohibit the removal, damage or disturbance of any geological or paleontologic features or substances.
The DLNR will continue to enforce these regulations.
By Jeff King
Tropical Storm Niala has increased in strength a little as it heads closer to the Big Island. Maui County Civil Defense is following the storm’s progress and – while it appears to likely be another “near miss” this season – better safe than sorry.
At 2 p.m. HST today, the center of Tropical Storm Niala was located about 260 miles SE of Hilo (380 mile SE of Kahului), moving west at 8 mph, with maximum sustained winds increasing to 65 mph. Another 9 mph “bump” would make Niala a Category 1 hurricane. So, forecasters say that threshold will likely not be crossed.
The track forecast from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center predicts the northern periphery of Tropical Storm Niala to brush the Big Island as it travels westward this weekend. Unstable conditions ahead of the system brought heavy downpours to Lahaina, Kahalawai and Maui’s north shore earlier today prompting a flood watch between 5 and 9 a.m.
Deep tropical moisture associated with Tropical Storm Niala will likely reach parts of the main Hawaiian Islands this weekend. Swells associated with Tropical Storm Niala will produce elevated surf along east and southeast facing shores across portions of the main Hawaiian Islands, starting this weekend and continuing into early next week. Because of that, the National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory for those shores from now until Monday at 6 p.m. Waves and strong currents can be very hazardous. Please use caution if entering the water – especially if it is murky.
A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion. Wave heights of six to nine feet are possible.
The following advisories, watches and warnings currently exist:
For the latest radar and satellite images and loops, plus the most comprehensive commentary and coverage, check in with Maui Weather Guru, Glenn James.
(HILO) – Eight people were arrested early this morning at a protest camp across the road from the Mauna Kea Visitors Center on Hawaii island.
Seven women and one man were arrested for being present in the restricted area, outlined in the emergency rule passed by the Board of Land and Natural Resources and signed by Governor Ige. All of those arrested were transported by the Hawaii County Police Department to Hilo for booking.
This is the second law enforcement action on Mauna Kea, since the enactment of the 120-day-long emergency rule, intended to establish safe conditions on the mountain for protestors, observatory workers and visitors. 20 officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) made the arrests. They received transportation and booking assistance from four officers from the Hawaii County Police Department.
Rangers with the Office of Mauna Kea Management also assisted. During an earlier round of enforcement on July 31, six people received citations and seven people were arrested.
Bail for Kobayashi was set at $1,000 due to being a repeat offender. Bail for all others was set at $250.
The danger appears to be passing – at least for now.
TROPICAL STORM WATCH CANCELLATION – MAUI COUNTY
EVENT: The National Weather Service has CANCELLED the TROPICAL STORM WATCH for MAUI COUNTY. The watch has also been cancelled for the Big Island of Hawai’i.
EFFECTS: Hurricane Ignacio is now forecast to move further north and east of the islands. Due to the much reduced threat of tropical storm force winds for Maui County and the Big Island, all Tropical Storm Watches have been discontinued.
IMPACTS: High winds are no longer expected.
Swells generated by Ignacio will increase along east and southeast facing shores of the Island of Maui and will result in surf heights reaching up to 12 to 20 feet on Monday through Tuesday. The high surf is expected to create dangerous currents. Some coastal inundation of low lying areas is expected especially at high tide.
Total rainfall amounts of 1 to 4 inches, with isolated amounts near 5 inches mainly in areas of higher terrain are possible.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: Although Ignacio appears to have spared the Islands any major impacts, we are still in hurricane season. We encourage everyone to have a hurricane plan in place and keep a hurricane kit with supplies ready in case the islands are threatened again.
Stay informed. Sign up for Maka’ala emergency alerts on the Maui County webpage at mauicounty.gov.
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard Captain of the Port continues to closely monitor the movement of Hurricane Ignacio and based on the storms current trajectory to the northwest it does not appear that the closure of commercial ports in the Hawaiian Islands will be necessary. However, ports on the Big Island, Maui and Moloka’i are under a readiness condition that could prompt immediate evacuation with one order.
While Ignacio remains a very powerful category Three hurricane, the predicted shearing and weakening is, according to Maui Weather Guru Glenn James, beginning to happen. He reports:
“Based on the most recent advisory, Hurricane Ignacio is now at category 3 strength…with 115 mph sustained winds. Going forward from here, it looks like we’ll find a definite weakening hurricane throughout the remainder of its life. Nonetheless, we’ll be dealing with a relatively close call by what will have been down graded to tropical storm Ignacio. The exact distance offshore of this tropical storm, will have a bearing on how strong or light our local winds become in different parts of the state. We’re hoping to see this storms center remain well offshore, which would help to limit our exposure to winds directly associated with Ignacio.
Of Interest: The Central Pacific has never had two Category 4 tropical cyclones simultaneously…such as we’ve seen recently!”
As a precaution, the Coast Guard COTP has moved the ports of Hilo and Kawaihae on the Big Island and the ports of Kaunakakai and Kahului in Maui County to Condition X-Ray (III): The READINESS condition in which winds above 34 knots (39 mph) are expected within 48 hours.
The Port Conditions of Kalaeloa and Honolulu on Oahu are Whiskey (IV): The ALERT condition in which winds above 34 knots (39 mph) are expected within 72 hours.
There is no upgraded Port Condition set for Kauai at this time. As a reminder, Port Conditions are subject to change based on the projected path and intensity of Ignacio.
The Port Conditions are:
Condition Hurricane Season Preparedness (V): Seasonal readiness, 1 June – 30 Nov.
The Coast Guard will continue to Broadcast Notice to Mariners and send out a Marine Safety Information Bulletin to notify the maritime community of port condition changes. Additionally, all maritime users are requested to monitor the progress of this hurricane and make preparations accordingly.
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