City will not open emergency shelters ahead of Guillermo

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Barring a change in direction by Tropical Storm Guillermo as it continues its path north of the islands, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said there is no plan to open emergency shelters on Oahu.

The mayor announced that in a media briefing Tuesday afternoon attended by other members of his administration involved in storm preparations.

A high surf advisory for the east shores of Oahu is expected to be issued at midnight, said Honolulu Emergency Service Dept. Director Mark Rigg. With surf currently in the 3-5 foot range, surf is expected to rise to 6-10 feet Wednesday, with occasional storm surges.

Rainfall is anticipated to range between 1-4 inches, with 5 inches in higher elevations. Dept. of Emergency Management Director Mel Kaku said there is concern of possible flooding of the coastal areas. He also said that with winds anticipating to be 10-20 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph, he recommended that residents take in any loose objects and store them indoors.

Dept. of Facility Maintenance Director Ross Sasamura said the clearing of debris from stream mouths has already started and expects the job to be finished before Thursday.

Department of Emergency Management Deputy Director Peter Hirai offered a reminder to residents to install the Ready Hawaii disaster preparedness app to their cellphones, as well as using the state’s Nixle email and text message service.

School closures, which are handled by the state and individual private schools, were not addressed during the briefing.

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