Honolulu mayor is glad Oahu averted major storm damage

Kalanianaole Highway (KHON2 File)

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said in a press conference Sunday morning that while the city’s Emergency Operations Center remains open, all Oahu emergency shelters closed as of 8 a.m.

A total of 71 people (and one dog) used the shelters that opened 4 p.m. Saturday at Farrington High School, Nanakuli High School, Waimanalo Elementary School and Leilehua High School.

Besides the earlier announcement of Hanauma Bay being closed, the Honolulu Zoo, West Loch Golf Course, Waipio Neighborhood Park, and the Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park are closed for the day.

The Honolulu Fire Dept. responded to four minor calls overnight for downed trees that caused no major damage.

While all roads are open, there were reports of ponding water in Waikiki at Kalakaua Avenue and Lewers Street, as well as Ala Wai Blvd. and Niu Street, and Farrington Highway by Dillingham Airfield on the north shore.

With stream runoff going into the ocean, the city advised for people to stay out of the brown water that attracts sharks and other predators.

The call center, where Oahu residents can dial 768-CITY to report weather-related concerns, will be open until 9 p.m.

As Hurricane Ana continues to move away from Oahu and the state, the mayor said he hopes it will be business as usual starting Monday.

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