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Hurricane Local Statement for Maui

Issued: 545 PM HST MON AUG 3 2015

GUILLERMO MOVING NORTHWEST...TROPICAL STORM WATCH ISSUED

NEW INFORMATION
Updated to include local details regarding the tropical storm watch.
AREAS AFFECTED
This local statement provides information for portions of locations within the Hawaiian islands.
WATCHES/WARNINGS
A tropical storm watch continues for Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Maui, the Big Island.
A high surf advisory remains in effect for east facing shores of the Big Island through 6 pm HST Tuesday.
STORM INFORMATION
At 5 pm HST, the center of tropical storm Guillermo was located near latitude 18.1°N, longitude 147.4°W, or about 515 miles east of Hilo and about 715 miles east-southeast of Honolulu. Tropical storm Guillermo is moving northwest at 10 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph.
SITUATION OVERVIEW
Tropical storm Guillermo is expected to continue moving toward the northwest near 10 mph through Wednesday. The latest Central Pacific Hurricane Center forecast estimates the center of Guillermo will pass approximately 140 miles northeast of the Big Island on Wednesday, and approximately 100 miles northeast of Maui Wednesday night. Steady weakening is expected over the next couple of days.
While this forecast track keeps the worst weather away from the islands, any deviation to the left of the expected track could bring tropical storm conditions to portions of the Big Island or Maui. Thus a tropical storm watch is in effect as a precaution for those areas.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
Precautionary/preparedness actions, it is vital that you do not focus on the exact forecast track. Forecast movement, direction, and speed are only estimates. Even small errors in the forecast track can mean major differences in where the worst conditions will occur. Damaging effects can extend far from the center.
For those under a watch, now is the time to prepare. Secure or bring indoors any loose outdoor objects like lawn furniture, childrens toys, hanging plants, barbecue grills, or any item that could become a destructive projectile in strong winds. Do not wait until it is too late.
Stay calm and keep informed. Closely monitor NOAA weather radio or other local news outlets for official storm information. Listen for warnings or changes to the forecast.
Be ready to evacuate if necessary. Heed the advice of local officials and comply with any orders that are issued. Persons living near the shore should be prepared to evacuate quickly should building surf threaten.
NEXT UPDATE
The next local statement will be issued around 1230 am HST, or sooner if conditions warrant.

TROPICAL STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
Precautionary/preparedness actions, loose objects such as lawn furniture, garbage cans, and other items should be secured or stored indoors.
PROBABILITY OF TROPICAL STORM/HURRICANE CONDITIONS
The chance for tropical storm force winds is 14 percent at Hilo and 17 percent at Kahului.
WINDS
Although the latest forecast is for sustained winds to remain below tropical storm force of 39 mph, 34 knots, only a small change in the track of Guillermo could result in higher winds.
INLAND FLOODING
There is a chance of localized heavy rainfall and thunderstorms as Guillermo passes northeast of the islands. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches will be possible in some areas, with isolated local maximum amounts to 7 inches possible mainly in higher terrain. Rainfall amounts would be lower if Guillermo tracks farther away from the islands than currently forecast.