County of Kaua‘i officials continue to monitor former Tropical Cyclone Linda, and is advising the public to get prepared and remain vigilant for potential weather impacts.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the latest forecast anticipates that former Tropical Cyclone Linda, now a remnant low, is expected to start impacting the state tonight into Monday. Heavy rainfall, high surf, and strong winds could affect portions of Kaua‘i beginning as early as Monday afternoon.
A Flash Flood Watch is currently in effect for all islands through Monday night. A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that leads to flash flooding. Residents and visitors should monitor the weather and be prepared to take action in the event that a Flash Flood Warning is issued.
A High Surf Advisory for east-facing shores also remains in effect through Monday.
A Wind Advisory will be in effect starting 6 a.m. Monday through 6 a.m. Tuesday. East winds 20 to 30 mph with localized gusts over 50 mph are expected, according to NWS.
Weather advisories may be extended or modified as conditions develop. For weather updates, call the National Weather Service automated weather line at 245-6001, or visit the NWS website, www.weather.gov/hfo.
Officials recommend the following actions when preparing for a weather emergency:
· Emergency Preparedness Kits – Emergency preparedness kits should contain at least a 14-day supply of food and water (to include non-perishable food and one gallon of water per person per day). Kits should also include a battery powered radio, flashlight, an extra supply of prescription medicines and other items specific to individual and family needs. It is also recommended that face coverings and hand sanitizer also be included in your kits. Set aside an emergency supply of any needed medication and keep a copy of your prescriptions in case you run out of medication after a disaster.
· Check Your Property – Walk your property, checking for small outdoor items that could be picked up by high winds, and check for potential flood threats. If time and conditions permit, clear your gutters and other drainage systems.
· Make an Action Plan – Discuss with family members what you plan to do if a hurricane or tropical storm threatens. Make an action plan, which should include details such as whether your family will shelter in place or evacuate to a shelter. There are no plans to open shelters at this time; however, the county will work with the American Red Cross to open shelters on an as-needed basis and will announce a list of open shelters if or when they become available.
· Outdoor activities – Visitors and residents are urged to check conditions before venturing out for any hiking or beach excursions. Do not cross swollen rivers or streams, and always check with a lifeguard at any lifeguard station before entering the ocean. Know before you go. For up-to-date information about Kaua‘i ocean conditions and ocean safety, please speak to a county lifeguard, visit www.hawaiibeachsafety.com, or call the Ocean Safety Bureau at 241-4984.
· Kaua‘i Department of Water – DOW officials advise that during a weather emergency, strong winds and/or flooding can disrupt electrical power to DOW pumps and equipment, road-access to water sources, and may impact water quality. For more information on preparedness tips for a water emergency, please visit www.kauaiwater.org or see more information at the end of this news release.
· Stay Tuned – Continue to stay tuned to local media broadcast channels for the most up-to-date information. The following provides a list of important resources on emergency preparedness.
o Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency – www.kauai.gov/kema
o NOAA Central Pacific Hurricane Center – www.hurricanes.gov/cphc
o National Weather Service – www.weather.gov/hfo, or automated weather line at 245-6001
o Blackboard Connect (The county’s free emergency notification service) – Sign up at www.kauai.gov/kema, or call the KEMA at 241-1800