The Southern Nevada community has a robust Hawaiian population, and we want to make sure that everyone in Hawaii has the best access to information regarding the coming storms. Below you’ll find some information on the coming storms and how to prepare.
Hurricane Iselle is set to make landfall in Hawaii tomorrow and weather experts say the storm could bring heavy rain, ocean swells and mudslides to the islands. Tropical Storm Julio is also headed in Hawaii’s direction and could make landfall Sunday.
The Red Cross is urging residents to get ready now and build disaster kits in case they have to evacuate. 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. Airports and ports may be damaged by the storm and slow down the resupply process for local stores.
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Hawaii and Maui Counties. The Red Cross has mobilized human and material resources and is on alert. The Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross has been working since Monday to put local volunteers on standby to respond on all islands in response to Iselle and Julio. The Hawaii Red Cross has 1,500 trained volunteers.
Tropical Storm Julio
TS Julio was located about 1,750 miles east of Hilo, HI and moving toward the west-northwest at 17 mph. This general motion is expected to continue for the next 48 hours. The maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph. Strengthening is forecast during the next day or so. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 15 miles.
STAY INFORMED People in Hawaii should listen to local media for the latest storm updates. They can also download the Red Cross Hurricane App to monitor weather conditions, get the location of shelters and use the “I’m safe” button to let others know they are safe even if the power is out. They should also download the Red Cross First Aid App which puts advice for everyday emergencies at someone’s fingertips. Both apps are available for iPhone and Android devices.