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Hurricane Julio tracking rapidly northwestward over the open ocean northeast of the main Hawaiian islands

Large swells generated by hurricane Julio will produce elevated surf along most north and east facing shores of the main Hawaiian islands through Monday.



HELCO reports that approximately 9,200 customers are still without power, and crews continue working to restore power. We thank you for your patience and understanding with this effort. Please do not interfere with the operations of HELCO crews.

Distribution of water, ice, and tarps continues at the new Pahoa High School Gym. The distribution will continue while supplies last. Residents should stay in their vehicles and make their way through the line.

The Pahoa Pool and Pahoa Community Center will also remain open 24 hours for residents to take showers and charge cell phones. The pool is not open for swimming.

The American Red Cross has opened a shelter at Aunty Sally’s Lu’au House in Hilo for those who were displaced by storm damage. As with all shelters, bring bedding and provisions for you and your 
family. No pets are allowed in this shelter.

As our recovery efforts continue, we thank everyone for their consideration, patience and understanding.

All public schools will be in session on Monday except for Waiakea High, where an estimated 400 individuals sought shelter from Hurricane Iselle. All Waiakea High staff will report to work on Monday to get the school back in order for students' return on Tuesday.
The following Hawaii Red Cross shelter opened today on the Big Island at Aunty  Sally’s Kaleohano’s Luau at 799 Piilani St. in Hilo, until further notice to support the individuals and families impacted by the storm:

Due to Hawaii’s isolation and vulnerability, the Red Cross recommends that people prepare their emergency kits for seven days and bring their emergency supplies with them to shelters.


The Red Cross advises that people should return home only when officials say it is safe.  Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates and stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding.  Follow these tips when returning home, especially if you experienced flooding:
flooded roads and washed out bridges.

Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.

If possible, leave children and pets with a relative or friend. If not, keep them away from hazards and floodwater.

Beware of rodents, insects, and other animals that may be on your property or in your home.

Before entering your home, look outside for damaged power lines, gas lines, foundation cracks and other exterior damage. It may be too dangerous to enter the home.

Inspect your home for damage.  Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.

Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury

Smell for gas. If you smell natural gas or propane, or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and contact the fire department.

If your home was flooded, assume it is contaminated with mold. Mold increases health risks for those with asthma, allergies or other breathing conditions.
Open doors and windows. Let the house air out before staying inside for any length of time if the house was closed for more than 48 hours.

Turn the main electrical power and water systems off until you or a professional can ensure that they are safe. NEVER turn the power on or off, or use and electrical tool or appliance while standing in water.

Check the ceiling and floor for signs of sagging. Water may be trapped in the ceiling or floors may be unsafe to walk on.

Use generators correctly – never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.

Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment people want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.

The primary hazards to avoid when using alternate sources for electricity, heating or cooking are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire.
Additional tips for safe home generator use can be found at redcross.org/prepare/disaster/power-outage/safe-generator-use


Hawaii National Park, Hawai‘i– Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is open today, Saturday, August 9, 2014, with some closures in effect as park officials assess damage and remove fallen trees and other debris from roadways and trails following Tropical Storm Iselle.
The following closures are in effect: 
-          The Kahuku Unit will remain closed through the weekend and today’s Palm Trail hike is canceled.
-          Chain of Craters Road, from Devastation Trail parking lot to the coast
-          All backcountry areas, including Mauna Loa and cabins
-          Mauna Loa Road (known locally as “Mauna Loa Strip Road”)
-          All coastal areas and trails, including, ‘Āpua Point, Keauhou, Halapē, and Ka‘aha
-          Kulanaokuaiki campsite
-          Nāpau campsite
-          Nāmakanipaio campgrounds and its A-frame cabins
Power has been restored, and phones are working. Kīlauea Visitor Center and the Jaggar Museum will open and be staffed from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.
“Visitors should prepare for limited services and some front-country trail closures as we mobilize back into operation and continue to assess damage,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando.
 Volcano House and Kīlauea Military Camp are open.
According to the National Weather Service, a second storm, Hurricane Julio, is forecast to pass to the north of the Hawaiian Islands on Sunday. A high surf advisory remains in effect for the east-facing shores of the Hawaiian Islands.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) announces limited openings of its state-managed park and forest lands in the wake of the Iselle storm system
Some areas will remain closed as a precautionary measure for public safety until personnel can assess the areas for damage such as downed trees and make any necessary repairs. Status updates will be provided as soon as they are available.
·         All areas managed by the Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), including forest reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, natural area reserves, forest hiking trails, and game management areas, until further notice
·         County of Hawaii – Lava Tree State Monument and MacKenzie State Recreation Area
·         County of Maui – Makena State Park (but will open at noon today)
·         City and County of Honolulu – Aiea Loop Trail
·         County of Kauai – All state parks remain closed
DOFAW and the Division of State Parks continue to suspend issuance of camping permits for state forest and park campgrounds.
Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) small boat harbors remain open.

The public is asked to remain cautious. Storm impacts continue to affect the islands, including flooding, high wind, wave actions, and muddy trail conditions.


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