While Oahu residents are not expected to feel the brunt of the storm like those on the Big Island, an effort to get people out of harm's way was still in effect.
Evacuation buses dropped off anyone needing shelter late Thursday night and into early Friday morning all across Oahu including many families.
"We've got kids in strollers. This is all they have. We even have a couple babies in arms and some kids a little bigger," said American Red Cross volunteer Randy Moody.
Since Thursday night when the 10 shelters across Oahu opened at 10 p.m., some nearby concerned residents have dropping off things like food, but a Red Cross official says they have to politely decline those gifts since there are staffing issues to distribute the food.
"If people would like to make donations, we are suggesting our website to make donations to the American Red Cross," said Moody.
A volunteer says the majority of the people checking into the shelter at McKinley High School are homeless.
Earlier in the day, the race was on to help homeless families pack up and get to safe havens before the storm.
:There's a little over 110 people here and most of them are children. Some are as young as one week to 16 years. We're trying to get them all out. Some are resisting though thinking the storm won’t be that intense," said homeless advocate Kathryn Xian.
"There have been bad storms. I've seen tents with kids in them. But we take this very seriously," said Tracy Martin, a homeless father of a 3-year old child.
The American Red Cross says it will keep these evacuation shelters open as long as they are needed for now.