Hawaii County hurricane message: Prepare and stay vigilant
The winds are picking up in Punalu'u-one of several places closed due to Hurricane Hector.
PUNALU`U, Hawaii - The winds are picking up in Punalu'u-one of several places closed due to Hurricane Hector.
Even with a closure sign, people are still there. The reason for the closure is the potential for damaging winds and dangerous high surf on the east and southeast facing shores. Those living on the coast, should be aware of possible flooding, rough and choppy surf.
In the meantime, Hawaii County Civil Defense is switching its focus from the lava eruptions to 24/7 hurricane watch.
Administrator Talmadge Magno says the county is prepared, and working with the Department of Education to finalize shelters for residents and evacuees who had to flee from the lava. Depending on the weather, Magno says the plan tonight is to relocate evacuees living in tents, and possibly even mini homes recently built, into the Pahoa Community Shelter.
Though some residents seem unphased and conditions could change, the message from the county is to be prepared and plan ahead.
Hawaii County Civil Defense says anyone living along coastlines should prepare now, with food, water, and supplies for a few days- stay vigilant and be prepared for possible power outages.