(ABOVE) In a video recorded near the 10 a.m. hour, Hawaii County Civil Defense administrator Darryl Oliveira gives an update on Hurricane Iselle.
Video by David Corrigan
HILO, Hawaii – As The first rains from Hurricane Iselle began to arrive on East Hawaii shores, Hawaii County Civil Defense becomes a busy place. During a break in the intense planning, Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira gives an update before the storm makes landfall.
Civil Defense issued this message at noon:
The National Weather Service Hurricane Warning for the Island of Hawaii remains in effect. The onset of hazardous hurricane conditions can be expected to affect the east or windward portions of Hawaii Island beginning early afternoon today and as forecasted, continue across the island to the west. The hurricane conditions will include high surf and surge along all coastal areas, heavy rains and possible thunder showers that may present with flood conditions, and sustained storm force winds of over 75 mph and higher gusts. Presently there have been reports and observations of surf heights of 8-10 feet in the Pohoiki area and surf conditions are forecasted to reach heights of 15-25 feet. Hawaii Island can expect to begin to see the initial affects of the storm as it approaches the Island. This may include continued rising surf, increase in winds, and onset of rains. Hurricane Iselle continues to be monitored and is currently located approximately 195 miles east southeast of Hilo and moving west northwest at 16 miles per hour. Additional updates will be broadcasted as information is made available. Residents in the coastal areas of Punaluu in the Kau area, Kalapana, Pohoiki, Kapoho in the Puna area, and Keaukaha in Hilo are advised to take precautions and those residents on the immediate shoreline to consider moving to higher ground. All residents are encouraged to remain off the roadways and to anticipate possible power outages and interruptions in telephone and other communication systems. In addition all residents and visitors are advised that as conditions may worsen and become too hazardous for outdoor emergency operations, to anticipate and prepare for possible delays in requests for assistance.Hawaii County Civil Defense