National Weather Service’s 2 p.m. News Briefing: It’s a Hurricane

Ana has increased in strength from tropical storm to hurricane, with maximum winds of around 80 miles per hour, but the eye of the storm is passing south of the Big Island.   The storm center is currently about 230 miles south of Hilo. Even so, the island can expect some impacts.  Chris Brenchley of the National Weather Service said residents on the southeast and south sides of the island could expect waves of 10 to 20 feet, and low-lying areas could experience an additional storm surge of one to two feet. “Conditions on the far south end of the Big Island have begun to show the first effects,” of the storm, said Brenchley, with reported 12-foot surf along the southeast side of the island. Reports of gusts as much as 40 mph in the exposed areas around South Point have been reported, despite the storm’s southerly course.
A flash flood watch began at noon today, and will continue until Sunday evening. Two to eight inches of rain are expected, with up to12 inches in some areas. The heaviest rainfall will probably occur in upland areas of Kilauea and Mauna Loa. The first Ana-related precipitation is expected to reach the island in the next 6-12 hours. Brenchley said the maximum impacts of the storm in Kona would be felt in the late this evening and overnight, with the storm reaching its closes proximity in the early morning.Satellite Images for ANA

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