HI-EMA Urges Caution Amid Statewide Risk of Flooding, Landslides, and Gusty Winds; Prepare For Possibility of Heavy Weather on Any IslandPosted on Jan 27, 2023 in Latest Department News, Newsroom
HONOLULU — An unstable weather pattern over Hawai‘i will bring the risk of hazardous weather from east to west across the state this weekend, and emergency management officials are urging residents and visitors to prepare and use caution.
All of Maui County was under a Flood Warning until at least 10 p.m. and for much of the day Friday, and a Flood Watch was in place for Maui, Lana‘i, Moloka‘i, and Kaho‘olawe was set through Sunday afternoon. Heavy rain throughout Friday across windward Maui closed roads, flooded low-lying areas and reportedly contributed to at least one serious injury; the Maui Emergency Management Agency activated its Emergency Operation Center and asked residents to report structural property damage online.
A Flood Watch for O’ahu is set to start Saturday, and the island could see winds gusting to 45 mph by Monday. Kaua’i also may see high winds and locally heavy rainfall.
“This weather pattern presents several different hazards at different places within the state, and we’re urging our residents and visitors to be careful and prepared,” said Luke Meyers, Administrator of the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA). “Sign up for your local county alerts to be sure you receive the most up to date and reliable information.”
Sign up for alerts for any county in Hawai‘i by following the links on this page: https://dod.hawaii.gov/hiema/get-ready/
Here are some additional tips in the event severe weather threatens:
- Avoid unnecessary travel when heavy rain is in the forecast; it can reduce visibility, make it harder to stop, and can cause flooding in low-lying areas, especially when culverts become clogged with debris.
- Do not cross flowing water in your vehicle or on foot – Turn around, don’t drown!
- Do not go near downed power lines.
- Secure items around your home or lanai that may become airborne in high winds.
- Waterlogged soil on steep terrain increases the risk of landslides. Be aware of the hazards around you.
- Make a plan in case flooding or property damage makes it unsafe to stay in your home, work, or other location. Identify an escape route, a place to meet if family members get separated, and a point of contact in another area to connect with if local communication systems fail.
- Check to make sure you have spare batteries for flashlight and portable radio; use extra caution to avoid fires if the power goes out and you use candles for light.
- Pack a “go kit” with items you would need if you must relocate in a hurry, such as food, water, a flashlight, a battery-powered or crank-charged radio, etc. Learn more about go kits here: https://dod.hawaii.gov/hiema/files/2018/07/2022-0622-2WeeksReadyBrochure.pdf
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