County of Hawaii Mayor Billy Kenoi signs proclamation to declare a state of emergency for Hawaii Island in preparation for Tropical Storm Flossie.
WHEREAS, Chapter 127, Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, as amended, and Chapter 128, Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, as amended, provide for the establishment of County organizations for disaster relief with a deputy director in charge of each political subdivision; and
WHEREAS, the Mayor of the County of Hawai‘i has been appointed as the Deputy Director of Civil Defense of the County of Hawai‘i; and
WHEREAS, Chapter 7, Articles 1 and 2 of the Hawai‘i County Code, establishes a Civil Defense Agency within the County of Hawai‘i and prescribes its powers, duties, and responsibilities, and Section 13 23 of the Hawai‘i County Charter empowers the Mayor of the County to declare emergencies; and
WHEREAS, the National Weather Service at 5:00 P.M. on July 27, 2013 issued a Watch for Tropical Storm Flossie Advisory Number 13 advising that Tropical Storm Flossie had entered Hawaiian waters and was located at 770 miles east of Hilo, Hawai‘i as a Tropical Storm with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and higher gusts; and
WHEREAS, the National Weather Service at 11:00 P.M. on July 27, 2013 issued Tropical Storm Advisory Number 14 upgrading its Advisory to a Warning for Hawaii and Maui County and continuing this Warning in Tropical Storm Advisory 16 on July 28, 2013 with maximum sustained wind of 60 mph and higher gusts; and
WHEREAS, a Tropical Storm Warning means that possible tropical storm conditions can occur any time within the next 36 hours; and
WHEREAS, conditions associated with tropical storms include but are not limited to storm surge, high surf, wind and rain may occur; and;
WHEREAS, due to the possibility of property damage and/or bodily injury to residents of Hawai`i Island, and the need for government agencies and representatives from the private sector to mobilize and provide immediate services to our island residents, a Civil Defense state of emergency is authorized pursuant to Chapters 127 and 128, Hawai`i Revised Statutes, as amended, and Chapter 7, Hawai`i County Code.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, WILLIAM P. KENOI, Mayor of the County of Hawai‘i, do hereby proclaim and declare that a state of emergency exits on the Hawai‘i Island, effective 1:00 P.M., July 28, 2013, and continuing thereon until further act by this office.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the County of Hawai‘i to be affixed. Done this 28th day of July 28, 2013 in Hilo, Hawai‘i.
WIILIAM P. KENOI
County of Hawai‘i