Kauai County Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr. has signed an emergency proclamation as the County of Kauai prepares for Tropical Storm Darby to approach the islands.
“We are urging residents and visitors to be prepared as the latest forecast shows that tropical storm conditions could impact Kauai County by Sunday evening through Monday,” stated Mayor Carvalho. “Officials and emergency personnel stand ready to respond to any emergencies that could occur as a result of this storm.”
Forecasters say residents on Kauai are expected to feel the effects of Darby overnight late Sunday into Monday.
The county is under a tropical storm warning, a flash flood watch, and a high surf advisory for all east-facing shores.
Officials advise that the effects of the tropical storm could result in localized flash flooding, falling trees, ponding on roadways, rockslides, and other hazards.
In anticipation of inclement weather, Department of Land and Natural Resources State Parks Division have closed the Kalalau Trail until further notice.
Flyovers were conducted today over Polihale and the Na Pali State Park to warn campers and hikers of the impending storm.
The Department of Public Works reports that the Kapa‘a refuse transfer station is not accepting green waste until further notice due to muddy conditions.
The Lihue Airport remains open; however, travelers are encouraged to contact their airlines directly to check on possible flight delays or cancellations.