Hawaii awaits hurricane while still recovering from rain

29 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

2 Hurricanes on Radar: Preparation Urged, Emergency Proclamation Signed.

“We thank Governor Ige for his support during this crucial time, and are taking advantage of this pre-landfall period to ensure that we are as best prepared as possible,” said Vern Miyagi, Executive Officer of the Hawai’i Emergency Management Agency. “With our whole state engulfed in the cone of uncertainty, we ask the public to continue their preparedness efforts and monitor news media for the latest updates regarding Hurricane Ignacio.” The National Weather Service has advised that even though Ignacio’s track is still highly uncertain, the system has the ability to cause widespread damage across the state.

No warnings were in effect. “We understand the public is fatigued from experiencing four major approaching storms so far this season, but we urge people to take the weekend to prepare their homes and families for impacts that could be felt statewide,” state Emergency Management administrator Doug Mayne said in a press release. “Severe weather associated with Ignacio is expected, and with Jimena not far behind, we need to ready ourselves and our loved ones as much as possible with the time we have.” Mayne was referring to Jimena, now well offshore in the Pacific Ocean. We will continue to work with our county, state and federal partners and leadership to monitor the storms and provide the public with timely updates as we receive them,” said Mayne. The latest update from NWS shows Ignacio located 780 miles east-southeast of Hilo in an area of weak wind shear, which could allow it to strengthen over the weekend.

Forecasts show Ignacio weakening back to Category 1 status as it approaches, with potential impacts to the state being felt as early as Sunday evening. Ignacio’s CDO devolved to a ragged but very sharply curved convective band over the last few hours, and showed a partial eye feature wrapping northwest through southeast around the low level center. The hurricane continues to track toward the northwest toward a weakness in the mid-level ridge, and this general motion is expected to continue for the next several days. the track guidance remains fairly tightly clustered, but there are some noteworthy outliers which are still well left of the consensus. Weakening is expected in the days 3-5 time frame, and our intensity forecast shows a faster weakening trend occurring than most of the model guidance in the face of this moderate to strong shear.

With the approach of Hurricane Ignacio to Hawaiʻi, Maui Electric Company wants to remind customers that electricity can be dangerous and electrical safety should never be taken for granted, especially during an emergency situation. Maui Electric urges customers to consider the following safety measures before, during and after a disaster or power outage: Before a storm hits or if there is a power outage, unplug all unnecessary electric equipment and appliances until the storm has passed or until power is restored. Make plans in advance to go to a safe location where electricity will be available if someone in your home depends on an electrically powered life support system and you don’t have a backup generator. If you have a rooftop photovoltaic system, consult with your licensed solar contractor regarding normal and emergency operation procedures for your solar system. The handbook includes key numbers to have on hand, checklists for emergency supplies, power outage preparedness and recovery information, and household and food safety tips.

Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to protected marinas where they will be less likely to break free of their moorings or to be otherwise damaged.

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