Wailuku – Tropical Storm Darby has turned south but is still on track to hit Maui this afternoon. Residents should see elevated storm conditions at around 5 p.m.
Darby is expected to bring about 10 to 15 inches of rain, 15 to 20 foot waves on eastern shores and sustained winds of 35 mph and gusts of up to 65 mph. The public is urged to stay indoors during the storm and to keep non-essential travel down to a minimum.
Wind and rain preceding Darby has already caused some damage on Maui. Hana Highway was closed earlier today due to landslides and downed trees in several different locations between mileposts 9 and 20.
Other weather related incidents reported today include:
– Kaupakalau Road in Haiku – flooded
– Meha and Kealaloa roads in Makawao – fallen tree blocking both lanes
– Waikoloa and Ulaino roads in Hana – flooded
– The closure of Molokai Landfill due to winds of more than 30 mph
Maui Electric reported multiple storm related outages around the island, including those in Lower Nahiku, Upper Olinda and Haliimaile.
All outdoor county park facilities remain closed although community centers and gymnasiums remain open. Haleakala National Park is also closed. Both the Lanai and Molokai ferry operations have shut down while the storm is active.
All emergency shelters remain open. The list of shelters are: Lanai High School, Molokai High Schol, Lahainaluna High School, Maui High School, Lokelani Intermediate, Eddie Tam Memorial and Center and Hana High School.
Wailuku, Maui – The following list of shelters has been confirmed by Maui County for the public’s use during Tropical Storm Darby. Tropical storm conditions are expected across Maui County between now and midnight Saturday:
East Maui – Hana High School
Upcountry Maui – Eddie Tam Memorial Center
South Maui – Lokelani Intermediate School
Central Maui – Maui High School
West Maui – Lahainaluna High School
Lanai – Lanai High
Molokai – Molokai High
Please note that these shelters are not equipped with amenities, and that residents seeking shelter need to bring their own food, water, medicine and other emergency supplies.
All shelters are scheduled to open at 7 p.m. today (Friday, July 22), except for Molokai and Lanai high schools. An opening time for those shelter locations has not been determined yet and will be announced later today.
EVENT: The National Weather Service has ISSUED a FLOOD ADVISORY for MAUI ISLAND in effect until 7:15 PM.
A Flood Advisory means that nuisance flooding is occurring or imminent. A Flood Advisory may be upgraded to a Flash Flood Warning if flooding worsens and poses a threat to life and property.
This advisory may need to be extended if heavy rain persists. Heavy showers are also parked over Kalaupapa in Kalawao County. An advisory may be needed there as well.
EFFECTS: At 4:10 pm radar indicated persistent moderate to heavy showers over windward portions of the west Maui mountains, and over the windward Haleakala slopes. Additionally, stream gages in windward west Maui indicate elevated water levels in the Honokohau stream, the Waihee river, and in Kahakuloa stream. On the Hana coast, a stream gage in the Honopou stream indicates elevated water levels as well.
Locations in the advisory include but are not limited to, communities in windward west Maui from Waiehu to Honolua to Napili, and from Hana to Pauwela in windward Haleakala.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: STAY AWAY FROM STREAMS, DRAINAGE DITCHES AND LOW LYING AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING. RAINFALL AND RUNOFF WILL ALSO CAUSE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS DUE TO PONDING, REDUCED VISIBILITY AND POOR BREAKING ACTION. DO NOT CROSS FAST FLOWING OR RISING WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE OR ON FOOT. TURN AROUND…DON’T DROWN.
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.
Wailuku – Manpower shortages are taking their toll on landfill operations in Maui County – in Hana and on Moloka’i.
Due to insufficient manpower, the Molokai Landfill will close at 1 p.m. from October 6 to 10 and again from October 13 to 17. The closures are necessary for the department to ensure safe operations and meet the minimum State Department of Health operating requirements of the County’s solid waste permit.
The County of Maui Dept. of Environmental Management, Solid Waste Division, today announced that due to insufficient staffing, the Hana Landfill will close at 1 p.m. this Thursday, October 8.
With soon-to-be filled Equipment Operator positions approved bythe Maui County Council, the landfill closures are expected to be reduced. The Solid Waste Division apologizes for the inconvenience.
As approaching Tropical Storm Guillermo loses at least some of his steam, there’s still plenty of wallop.
As the result of high surf, strong winds and dangerous currents, the Department of Land and Natural Resources has closed Waianapanapa State Park on Maui due to dangerous high surf from the approaching tropical storm.
People are urged to stay clear of the blow hole and black sand beach and coastline areas at the East Maui attraction.
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