Ignacio Track Gets Further Away; County Leaves Shelters Closed

From County of Hawaii Civil Defense:

“As of 2:00 PM this afternoon Hurricane Ignacio was continuing on a northwest track at 12 miles per hour and remains a category 3 hurricane.  Ignacio was located approximately 380 miles east of Hilo and recording sustained winds of 115 miles per hour with higher gusts.  Hurricane force winds extend outwards from the center up to 30 miles and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 160 miles.

“Although the National Weather Service Tropical Storm Watch for Hawaii Island remains in effect, the present track and gradual weakening of Ignacio is presenting with an anticipated reduced threat to Hawaii Island.  Based on the anticipated and forecasted improved outlook, evacuation centers will not be opened at this time.  The Civil Defense Agency will continue to maintain close communication with the National Weather Service and monitor the system.

“All DOE public schools and private schools will be open tomorrow.

“In addition all government offices will be open for normal business; including the Hele-On Bus system.

“The High Surf Warning issued for the east facing shores of Hawaii Island will remain in effect through 6:00PM Tuesday evening.  Surf heights are expected to increase today and build to possibly 15 to 20 feet.  Residents in low lying coastal areas and boat owners are advised to take necessary precautions.

“Please monitor your local radio broadcasts for additional updates. “

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