Kaua‘i officials say be vigilant as potential severe weather approaches
County of Kaua‘i officials are urging the public to be vigilant due to potential severe weather conditions starting Thursday and through the weekend, possibly extending well into next week.
“In the event of a Flash Flood Warning, heavy rain, and other inclement weather, officials advise caution and avoiding all non-essential travel, especially to or through areas prone to flooding or flash flooding, such as roadways, rivers/streams and low-lying areas,” said Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency Administrator Elton Ushio. “Kūhiō Highway, in the vicinity of the Hanalei Bridge, may need to be closed with short to no-advanced notice.”
The National Weather Service has announced heavy rain and flash flooding are possible from Thursday into the weekend.
The island of Kaua‘i and the state of Hawai‘i remain under a Flash Flood Watch through Saturday. A Flood Watch means that conditions are favorable for 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.
County, state, and federal officials are monitoring the situation and are actively coordinating in preparation.
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, river 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 808-241-4984.
- Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative – Please visit http://website.kiuc.coop/ to learn more about how to prepare for a power outage.
- Kekaha landfill and refuse transfer stations – The Kekaha Landfill and County refuse transfer stations may close due to severe and inclement weather. For more information, visit kauai.gov/TransferStations or call 808-241-4841.
- Kaua‘i Department of Water – Severe weather storms can cause damage to water systems, disrupt electrical power to Department of Water pumps and equipment, block road access to water sources, and may impact water quality. Customers should prepare for emergency water service disruptions by having the recommended water storage supply readily available for essential uses. For more water emergency preparedness tips, 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.
- Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency – www.kauai.gov/kema
- National Weather Service – www.weather.gov/hfo, or automated weather line at 808-245-6001.
- To sign up for Wireless Emergency Notification System, the county’s emergency notification service, please go to the county’s website, www.kauai.gov and click on “Sign up for Emergency Notifications.” You may also call the Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency at 808-241-1800.