County urges North Shore evacuations

The National Weather Service said Saturday that a deepening low-pressure system approaching the Hawaiian Islands from the north is expected to produce giant waves and could cause “unprecedented coastal flooding” to north- and west-facing shores through today.

“Expect very large breaking waves near harbor entrances. These hazardous conditions will develop before sunrise Sunday morning on Kauai,” NWS said.

The county issued a press release that said “those in areas prone to coastal flooding or erosion, particularly along the North Shore, should strongly consider evacuating their homes.”

Volunteers with the American Red Cross opened a holding center at the Kilauea Neighborhood Center Saturday night.

“County, state and federal partners continue to monitor this system and are preparing to respond to all emergencies, as necessary,” said Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami. “Damaging winds and surf could result in property damage, power outages and hazardous driving conditions.”

A high-surf warning and a high-wind warning are in effect until Monday morning. Surf could reach 60 feet today around Kauai. Winds are expected to be 20 to 30 mph, with gusts reaching 60 mph. Power outages are possible if winds topple trees and power lines.

“So anyone with vulnerable oceanfront property needs to complete their preparations for this event as soon as possible,” NWS reported.

NWS said the impacts of the storm could be “extreme.”

“Expect ocean water surging and sweeping over beaches, coastal benches, lava flows and roadways, creating the potential for significant damage to coastal properties and infrastructure, including roadways,” NWS reported. “Coastal evacuations and road closures are possible. Large breaking waves may affect harbor entrances and channels with significant damage possible to docks, piers, ramps and boats.”

People are urged to stay out of the water.

“These dangerous conditions mean that only highly experienced persons should enter the water. Inexperienced persons should remain off beaches and adjacent beachfront areas,” according to NWS. “Anyone entering the water could face significant injury or death.”

The county has closed all north- and west-facing beach parks, from Kekaha to Anahola, until further notice.

1 Comments
  1. randy kansas February 10, 2019 2:52 am Reply

    wow feel so bad for those folks and the risk to their homes, again;

    until we get China/Asia and India to curb their emissions, climate change will increase;

    we can change a lot in the US but we are not alone and until others kick in, we will hurt our country/economy, while they continue to produce; the pollution does not just hover over the county that pumps it !!! sorta like all of the plastic moving around the oceans now, same thing in the air;

    also the climate has been changing for millions/billions of years and its not all human produced; have you read about how much methane gas just the livestock on the planet produce each year ?

    that’s my opinion anyway and from studying the climate in historical geology in college and my major; we were talking about this in the 70’s in class, so climate change is nothing new;

    stay safe;

    RK


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