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Ana expected to become a hurricane by Friday, Tropical Storm Watch issued

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Civil Defense Tropical Storm Ana Audio Update for 4:30 p.m. Oct 15, 2014

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UPDATED (11:18 PM on 10/15/2014)

The National Weather Service in Honolulu reports Tropical Storm Ana has maximum sustained winds near 60 mph with higher gusts. Ana is forecast to gradually intensify and become a hurricane by Friday (Oct 17).

Tropical Storm force winds are currently extending outward up to 60 miles from the center of the system. Ana is moving West near 10 mph and is forecast to pass near the Big Island Friday night and Saturday.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Message for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday (Oct 15).

The National Weather Service will be placing the Island of Hawaii under at tropical Storm Watch effective 5:00 pm today.

Tropical Storm Ana was located approximately 630 miles East Southeast of Hilo and moving West at nine miles per hour. Presently the system is showing sustained winds of 70 miles per hour with higher gusts. In addition to the high winds, high surf and storm surge may be expected as well as heavy rains and thunder showers. We are asking Hawaii Island residents to monitor your local radio broadcasts for updates and to prepare for possible storm conditions which could begin to affect the Big Island by Friday (Oct 17). Residents in the shoreline communities of Punaluu in Ka‘u and the Kalapana, Kapoho, and Pohoiki areas of Puna are advised to take precautions and to move to higher ground. Surf heights of 25 to 40 feet are currently forecasted for the southeast facing shores of Hawaii Island.

Due to the expected impact of the storm the following closures will begin Friday, October 17, and will remain closed until further notice:

  • All county and state beach parks on the island of Hawaii
  • All DOE public schools on the island of Hawaii
  • Kua O Ka La New Century Public Charter School
  • Na Wai Ola Public Charter School

Additionally, all inter-scholastic athletic events and student activities are canceled beginning tomorrow, Thursday October 16 and continue through the weekend, resuming when schools reopen. ​

Additional updates will be broadcasted as information becomes available.

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See current Central Pacific Hurricane Center tracking map here.

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Full disk image taken of Earth at 5 p.m. HST, October 15, 2014. Click on image for larger view. Image courtesy of NOAA-NASA GOES Project

Full disk image taken of Earth at 5 p.m. HST, October 15, 2014. Click on image for larger view. Image courtesy of NOAA-NASA GOES Project

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