HILO, Hawaii – A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for much of the state of Hawaii as Flossie is 265 miles away from the Big Island.
Flossie has not gotten weaker. The Tropical Storm has maintained its maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour. It continues to move west towards Hilo at 18 miles per hour, according to the latest National Weather Service figures.
According to the very latest Civil Defense message, issued before 9 p.m. and available for listening above:
CLOSED for Monday
- All solid waste transfer stations including Hilo and Puuanahulu landfills
- All county parks and beach parks, as well as all state beach parks.
- All non-essential county meetings and council hearings cancelled for Monday and Tuesday.
The Coast Guard Captain of the Port is closing the ports of Hilo and Kawaihae on the Big Island and Kahului, Maui, to all traffic starting midnight Sunday. All cargo operations in these ports will be secured by 6 a.m. Monday.
The Governor of the State of Hawaii has also signed an Emergency Proclamation.
Hawaii County Civil Defense is getting busy. They issued this Tropical Storm Information Update on Sunday evening.
2:30 p.m. – Hawaii County Civil Defense HQ in Hilo
ABOVE: We were at the Hawaii County Civil Defense headquarters in Hilo to touch base with county officials after an important National Weather Service briefing earlier today. No one seemed to be breathing any easier after getting the latest information. Flossie has not weakened as much as they had hoped it would by this point, and now the storm is approaching some warmer water as it tracks west, which could sustain or strengthen it. Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira took the time to fill us in during this interview.
We’ll see how the power company holds up when Flossie arrives. We just got this message from HELCO:
|Due to the anticipated impacts of Tropical Storm Flossie, Hawaii Electric Light Company offices will be closed on Monday, July 29, 2013. However, the company’s trouble line remains operational. Customers may call 969-6666 to report power outages and downed power lines.Do not touch fallen or low hanging power lines or anything they may be in contact with. A seemingly harmless wire may still be energized. Stay clear of puddles where downed lines may have landed.
“The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority,” said President Jay Ignacio. “We encourage the community to monitor local television, radio and other media broadcasts for storm updates and the locations of open emergency shelters.”
The company will issue a news release when customer operations resume.
Also, UH-Hilo campus will be closed on Monday for precautionary measures due to TS Flossie.