Hawaii county officials ensuring residents are ready for Flossie

Hawaii County Civil Defense

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Clear sunny skies in Hilo didn’t deter residents from unloading their boats from Wailoa harbor Sunday.

“We’re getting ready for the storm you never know what’s really going to happen here so I rather be safe than sorry and pull my boat out and its all good,” Big Island resident Jack Furtado said.

Furtado has experienced a storm named Flossie before, when it aimed at the Hawaiian islands in 2007.

“The slips were almost on the water and there was waves and it wasn’t a good time for our boat to be in the water,” Furtado said.

All weekend long, State Civil Defense have been holding statewide video teleconferences to ensure counties were updated with the latest weather information about the storm.

“It’s an opportunity for everybody to share the information that they currently have and if they do have any issues to raise them at that point,” State Civil Defense Vice Director Doug Mayne said.

Big Island Civil Defense officials say tropical storm Flossie is continuing westward toward the northern half of Big Island.

“It has maybe demonstrated maybe a southerly turn to it so we’re tracking it very closely and concerned about that but the present track it will be crossing just over the Hamakua and North Kohala area,” Hawaii County Civil Defense Darryl Oliveira said.

Without knowing the exact effects Flossie will have on the Big Island, they are working with the Parks and Recreation department and the American Red Cross in case they need to open shelters.

“We’re also working with the fire department on notifying people in some of the remote areas and isolated areas and what to expect. Its holding its pattern holding its strength and it’s still moving towards the big island 315 and it’s not looking like its going to decrease,” Oliveira said.

As a precaution, Connections Public Charter School in Hilo and Kihei Charter school on Maui will be closed Monday.

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