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Tropical Storm Warning as Darby will pass over Hawaii Island, emergency shelters open

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11:40 p.m. Friday (July 22) Hawaii County Civil Defense Tropical Storm Darby audio message

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Hawaii Island and Maui County. A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Oahu. Tropical Storm force winds are possible over Hawaii Island on Saturday.

As of 11 p.m. HST Friday (July 22) the center of Darby was located about 150 miles (240 km) east-southeast of Hilo moving west near 10 mph (17 km/h). Maximum sustained winds are 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km) from the center.

The center of Darby will pass over Hawaii Island on Saturday and Maui Saturday night.

A Flash Flood Watch and High Surf Advisory has been issued for Hawaii Island and Maui.

Emergency Shelters:

If possible, please shelter in place or with friends and family. If you need to evacuate, here is a list of pet friendly shelters available.

You will need to bring your own bedding, food, water, medicines and any personal items you may need.

PET FRIENDLY:

  • Waiakea High
  • Kalanianaole Elementary
  • Keaau High
  • Pahoa High
  • Honokaa High and Intermediate
  • Kealakehe High
  • Konawaena High
  • Ka‘u High

UNABLE TO ACCOMMODATE PETS:

  • Hilo High
  • Laupahoehoe Community Charter School
  • Mountain View Elementary
  • Waikoloa Elementary
  • Kohala High and Elementary

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi signs emergency proclamation in advance of Tropical Storm Darby

The Mayor’s proclamation allows easier access to county emergency resources, along with the suspension of certain laws as needed for emergency purposes.

“We want to make sure we are doing everything possible to protect the public,” said Mayor Kenoi. “This proclamation improves the county’s ability to respond quickly to any potential impacts from the impending storm.”

The disaster emergency relief period for the proclamation began at noon Friday (July 22) and will continue for 60 days.

The public is advised to be storm ready. Heavy rains are expected to begin affecting the Big Island tonight. Residents are urged to complete storm preparations before nightfall, and stay off the road if at all possible.

In anticipation of possible damage to public and private property, an emergency proclamation was signed by Mayor Kenoi at noon today.

Should power be lost or access be blocked – ensure you have prescription medications, ice, water, oxygen, backup power and fuel if needed.

To keep everyone safe as Tropical Storm Darby approaches, all camping and pavilion reservations at County and State parks have been cancelled. Lava viewing and swimming pools are closed through Sunday. All State and County park facilities and remote areas of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park are closed until further notice.

Hele-On Bus service will be suspended Saturday until further notice. Resumption of service will depend on road and weather conditions. Solid Waste Transfer Stations and Landfills will also be closed Saturday.

Umauma Bridge on Highway 19 will be closed starting at midnight with a detour through Old Mamalahoa Highway.

For a reminder of how to prepare for a possible tropical storms and hurricanes read this or go to our ‘Be Prepared’ menu near the top of this page.

NWS Infrared Satellite Image Loop

NWS Infrared Satellite Image Loop

Winds forecast for Tropical Storm Darby. Graphic via CPHC

Winds forecast for Tropical Storm Darby. Graphic via CPHC

For links to the latest weather forecasts, reports, radar and satellite imagery visit our Weather Page at hawaii247.com/weather

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