Hurricane Ana: the 2 p.m. Briefing

The Island of Hawai`i is now on the backside of Hurricane Ana, but rain continues to fall and more thunderstorms may occur between now and this evening. The heaviest impacts of the storm have been felt in the Ka`u district, with rainfall averages of 4-8 inches.  Wind gusts of 45 mph have been recorded, especially in the Ocean View, South Point and the Saddle area, and gusts of up to 50 mph may occur in the vicinity of thunderstorms. So far, the record rainfall for the storm comes from a station on Mauna Loa above Kilauea, where 11.2 inches have been recorded. A flash flood warning is in effect originally scheduled to expire at 3 p.m. and has been  extended to 6 p.m. The storm is moving relatively slowly–only about 10 mph–which is extending its stay on the island.
The storm remains a Category 1 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph and gusts of up to 92 mph. But the core, where the winds are strongest, passed south of the island and is expected also miss the other main islands, though Kaui may still be at risk. The eye of the storm is currently south of O`ahu, and Maui and Honolulu counties are experiencing some rain, wind and surf impact from the storm, with impacts expected to begin shortly on Kauai.Satellite Images for ANA

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