Not Quite Through with Ignacio…

As Ignacio roils past offshore, it could still have some effects on the Big Island–especially its waves.  From Hawaii County Civil Defense:

“As of 5:00AM this morning, Hurricane Ignacio was continuing on a northwest track at 12 miles per hour.  Ignacio was located approximately ­­­­275 miles northeast of Hilo and recording sustained winds of 80 miles per hour with higher gusts.  As Ignacio continues on the current track and weakens, Hawaii Island could  experience the remnants or trailing weather conditions from the storm.  This may include windy conditions with gusts up to 40 miles per hour in some areas and localized heavy rains that may cause flooding.   The Bayfront Highway in Hilo is closed between Waianuenue Avenue and Pauahi Street due to surf and rocks on the roadway.  All other major highways and roadways are open at this time and motorists are advised to drive with caution and to be prepared for hazardous conditions to include ponding and runoff and to anticipate traffic delays.  The Civil Defense Agency will continue to maintain close communications with the National Weather Service and monitor the system.

“The High Surf Warning issued for the east facing shores of Hawaii Island has been extended to 6:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.  Surf heights of 12 to 20 feet are expected with highest surf conditions coinciding with the high tides.   Residents in low lying coastal areas and boat owners are advised to take necessary precautions.

“With the ongoing unstable weather conditions the public is advised to monitor your local radio broadcasts for information and updates and to always plan and prepare early for possible impacts from all hazards that pose a threat to our community.”

Ignacio Still Category 4 but Tropical Storm Winds Expected Here

Hurricane Ignacio, which strengthened to a dangerous Category 4 Hurricane yesterday, is still a Category 4 today and likely will still  be a full fledged hurricane when it passes North of the Big Island on Monday, though the Natioonal Weather Service does say it will “weaken through Tuesday.” It’s predicted to pass far enough north of us, however, that this island is more likely to get tropical storm force winds and rain. Surf may now reach 15 to 20 feet.

Here’s the 5 a.m.  Hawaii County Civil Defense notice:

“The National weather Service Tropical Storm Watch for Hawaii Island remains in effect. Hawaii Island could begin to experience tropical storm conditions starting late tonight and into early tomorrow. As of 5:00 AM this morning Hurricane Ignacio remains a category 4 hurricane and was located approximately 450 miles east of Hilo and moving in a northwest direction at 9 miles per hour. Currently Ignacio is recording sustained winds of 140 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 125 miles.

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

“Based on the current forecast track and possible impacts, emergency shelters will be opened later today and the public is advised to monitor upcoming radio messages for information on shelter locations and sites. Information will also be posted on the Hawaii County Civil Defense web site at http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/civil-defense/.

“The Civil Defense Agency will continue to maintain close communication with the National Weather Service and monitor the system. The community is encouraged to take the time to prepare early for possible storm impacts that could include high surf, strong winds, and heavy rains. Please monitor your local radio broadcasts for additional updates.”

The latest storm track. Remember, the white area is the predicted cone of possibility of the passage of the storm’s eye, not the width of the storm:

5 Day Track for IGNACIO

Th latest enhanced satellite image, which gives a better idea of the scale of the storm:

Satellite Images for IGNACIO

 

 

Guest Column: Dating Tips for Dogs and Divas

by Dr. Kai  Swigart

As a shrink who doubles as a dating coach, amidst a smorgasbord of other disenfranchised diadems; a pauperized prince who has himself emerged from the shackles of scurrilous servility a salubrious singleton; I find myself resistant to the balancing yoga posed by my own advice. Although for some a belletristic blueprint, and others a boring blather; I seek to guide, to foster healing through my words. As singles interested in dating, enchanted entrepreneurs pursuing enamored elicitations; when devoid of deeply fashioned loving bonds; we are advised to share our dinners, dances, doors, and dispensations with not one, but many bright-eyed, bushy tails. In other words, until we find that special someone, with whom we wish to share it all, we are advised to place our eggs in many baskets. Now this is good advice, if down there in those cracks and crevices, if  down there deep inside our hearts, we’re not connected.

Undercurrents

sometimes, even when we’re already in a committed relationship, we may realize that we have met that special someone. If we are honest and responsible, we will acknowledge this to ourselves, and then file it away for a day that may never come. If we have ongoing contact with them, then we may redefine them as a friend, like a brother or sister; in order to love them in a way that is appropriate. This is honorable, while we, or they, are still in a relationship. But what happens if we both become available? Have we conditioned ourselves to believe that they are only friends, that he or she is like a brother or sister, and that is that? But what about those memories that keep tickling our fantasies, that are pumping up our hearts with inspiration? Should we just ignore them, pretending they’re not there, or should we pull them out and dust them off, our long, lost diamonds?

Issues

And then there were issues. What if we doubt ourselves and our worth, see ourselves as a victim because  of our poor choices and the abuse of others, or cannot trust because of things that we have gone through? Such perceptual frameworks may represent inadequacy, control, victimization, and trust issues. Those with inadequacy issues often want to be with someone they feel superior to, so they can pretend to be in love without becoming vulnerable. By engineering a “relationship” that supports their issues, they have a built-in way to gratify these issues. But do they want to strengthen their issues, or share love? Sharing real love requires vulnerability, right? They can feel superior, be a know-at-all, always try to prove themselves; and usually feel successful. But all they have succeeded at is strengthening the problem. This problem is a dark, destructive ego that will maintain the patterns of superficial, disingenuous relationships that leave them feeling empty and unfulfilled (which they can then blame on their partner). Similar patterns could occur if we had control, victimization, or trust issues. We could, and probably would choose the things that satisfied our issues. For instance, in a relationship, we might not only select a mate that we feel superior to, but also one that we could control, blame for our mistakes, make ourselves the victim of, and distrust. This would maintain our issue-based belief systems, keep us feeling self righteously superior, unfairly treated, and justified in our distrust of our companion. But these perceptions would not be based on truth. They would be based on issues. Do we want to keep feeding the problem, and continue re-creating unhealthy relationships in our lives; or do we want to accept ourselves, forgive ourselves, and learn to love ourselves so we can learn to love, respect, and trust another? I guess the main point here is that feeding issues, like ignoring the undercurrents described above, could keep us from taking that needed plunge into the arms of real love. The choice is always ours

Eminence and the Approach-Avoidance Dance

When we, or they,  are not single or available, it is sometimes easier to express our love for them. This may be because we, at these times, do not have to risk becoming vulnerable. When we are both available, and eminence tickles our fantasies and pushes our buttons, our fears kick in and choreograph the dance. We might treasure them, respect them greatly, and long for their companionship. But our fears may scream at us that we can’t trust them, that when we hold ourselves up to them we come up lacking, or that they could not really love us the way it seems. These are, of course, our own issues haunting, taunting, and flaunting their indulgence. But, despite our fears, we might hesitantly decide to take the risk. When we do, the resulting vulnerability may distress our sensibilities, prompting us  to take a step back, at least in terms of openness of expression, or frequency of contact; until we are again inspired by that sweet, abiding truth. So we may reach out, share deeply and vulnerably, and then retreat into the safety of our shell. In and out, back and forth, until, at some point, we learn to love and trust. This dance commonly occurs for people with trust, inadequacy, and victim issues; and for those who are highly sensitive or evolved. If this is happening, just keep dancing until you love and trust yourself. Even though it will seem much scarier  at first than the superficial, unfulfilling relationships we control; the ones in which we do not feel vulnerable; it will help us learn to love ourselves, and then to love another; and believe in unconditional love and trust. There may be no greater human joy than this. Just keep dancing.

How have you handled situations like these? Can you relate to the approach-avoidance dance? If so, which moves have helped you most?

Any Pet in a Storm…. Tips for Pet Safety in a Disaster

Headlines after a major storm usually chronicle the toll to people and property.  But pets are also frequent victims. They  may be outside when the storm hits, or flee in a panic, or be unhoused when their humans are. Cats, especially, can simply get lost if the scenery gets rearranged too much. And in the aftermath of a storm, humans sometimes discover that when they were laying in spam and toilet paper, they forgot about their pets’ needs.

With Hurricane Ignacio approaching the island and a second storm following close after, now would be a good time to think about not only your own storm needs, but your pet’s. Below are some tips, gathered from various reputable animal advocacy groups, for keeping your pets safe during a major storm and its aftermath.

Microchip your animals.  It’s probably too late to do this before Ignacio hits.  But there’s another major storm coming in Ignacio’s wake, and the hurricane season is far from over.  A microchip tracking device, available through your veterinarian, may make the difference between seeing your pet again or not.

Make sure that microchip and collar information, especially cell phone numbers, is up to date.

Bring your pets inside well before the storm hits. “Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster,” recommends the ASPCA.  Pets can become disoriented and wander away from home during a crisis; many animals can be panicked by storm conditions such a close lightning. If you wait until it starts raining or the wind starts to howl, your pet may already have “gone to ground” somewhere and not be findable.

Have a travel crate ready for each pet. And make sure it’s somewhere where you can get at it in a hurry.  In the long term, it might be a good idea to get your pet accustomed to going in the crate by feeding it there. Put the crate somewhere where it’s readily accessible and not likely to get covered with debris or blown away.

In an emergency evacuation situation, a small cat or dog can be scooped up in a pillowcase, but don’t leave it there any longer than you have to.

A note on collars: If you’re living in a thickly forested area and your animal normally wears a collar, breakaway models are available that will allow it to free itself it becomes tangled in the underbrush. But even if your animal doesn’t normally wear a collar, it’s a good idea to have a collar and leash for each animal available  in case you have to evacuate to a temporary shelter.

Buddy Up. Redrover.com suggests trading “pet information, evacuation plans and house keys with trusted neighbors or nearby friends. If you’re caught outside evacuation lines when an evacuation order is issued, your neighbors or friends can evacuate your pets for you.”

Put a “PET INSIDE” sign in your house windows.  If something goes wrong, friends, neighbors and/or emergency workers will know to look.

Stock up on Pet Food. As Tropical Storm Iselle proved here, the power can be out and roads may be blocked for a surprisingly long time after a storm.  The Humane Society suggests a five day supply of food; Redrover.com suggests a week’s supply in a sealed container. But a major storm could disrupt infrastructure much longer than that, especially on an island where port facilities could be damaged, infrastructure isn’t as robust, and both alternate road options and evacuation alternatives are limited. Many large discount stores carry five gallon waterproof resealable dry pet food containers, complete with screw-down lids, for only a few dollars.

Don’t forget water. You should have at least a week’s supply of fresh water in sealed containers, not just for your pets, but for yourself.  Again, an island is even more vulnerable than a mainland community to disrupted supplies, since our power grid is less robust. It does no good to have a catchment tank full of water if you can’t get it out of the tank and/or you can’t boil it–assuming a tree doesn’t fall on the tank.

Stock up on medication.  If your pet needs medicine, it may not be available after the storm.  The same goes for you own medication, of course.

Keep copies of important documents, including pet vaccination and medical records, and phone nos. for your vet, your relatives and your doctors, in a portable, waterproof container. The Humane Society also recommends keeping “Written information about your pets’ feeding schedules, medical conditions and behavior issues.

Check to see if your veterinarian has an emergency backup number.  Vets often have arrangements with other vets to take care of their patients if the vet is incapacitated or off island. In a major storm, one vet’s office may be knocked out while another’s  is still operational.

Take Photos of your Pets in case you need to do “lost animal” postings.

Make sure your first aid kit is well-stocked–another good precaution that could help both you and your pets in an emergency.

Have more portable litter and containers, as well as garbage bags, in case you need to evacuate. The ASPCA recommends “scoopable” pet litter for evacuation situations–especially for cats–and suggests, “aluminum roasting pans are perfect” as disposable litter boxes.

Have blankets or heavy towels on hand for scooping up frightened pets.

Have “comfort items” on hand:  toys, chew toys, scratch pads, special beds, cardboard boxes–whatever familiar things might help ease your pet’s anxiety in the midst of a storm or in a strange place.

Let Your Horses Out: “Pick up and put away everything sharp, make sure your fences are solid, leave the shed or stall doors open, and let them stand in the middle of the field. Most likely that is what they will do,” says local horse and donkey rescue expert Bird McIver. “Mine all stood out in the middle of the big arena. And don’t worry. They know how to cope with a storm.”

Special Recommendations for Birds, mostly from the ASPCA:

  • Have a secure travel cage or carrier, and USE IT. If your bird gets loose, it could starve or die of exposure. Or it could become an invasive species.
  • The ASPCA recommends,  “In warm weather, carry a spray bottle to periodically moisten your bird’s feathers.
  • Have recent photos available, and keep your bird’s leg bands on for identification.
  • Bring paper towels to line the carrier, and change the frequently.
  • Find a quiet area to keep you bird.
  • Buy a a timed bird feeder. “If you need to leave your bird unexpectedly, the feeder will ensure his daily feeding schedule,” notes the ASPCA
  • More “items to keep on hand,” according to the ASPCA: “Catch net, heavy towel, blanket or sheet to cover cage, cage liner.”

Keep your chickens in:  So long as the hen house survives, they’re probably better off inside than blowing around.  One danger with a large flock is panicked birds piling up and smothering each other; keep the coop dark, and you may need to spend the night with them, if the danger to yourself isn’t too great.  For a few pet chickens, one chicken-oriented Web site advised setting up a small enclosure in the garage and covering it with a tarp or blanket.

Tips for reptiles, hamsters and gerbils: Turn them in to the Department of Ag. You’re not supposed to have them, anyway, and  if they get loose, you’ll be responsible for another damned invasive species on the island.

If you have to evacuate, take your pets with you.   Here’s a list of “pet friendly” emergency shelters, but be aware that you’ll have to keep your animals confined:

Kealakehe High

Konawaena High

Hilo High

Waiakea High

Kea’au High

Pahoa High & Intermediate

Honoka’a High & Intermediate

Kau High

 

Storm Watch Declared; Ignacio Now Category 3 Hurricane

At  5:00 a.m. today,  the National Weather Service issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the Big Island because of Hurricane Ignacio. Ignacio, currently a Category 3 Hurricane with sustained windsos 115 miles per hour near its core, is still predicted to pass a little to the north of the Hawaii Island chain.

“Hurricane force winds extended  outwards from the center up to 35 miles and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 105 miles,” noted Hawaii Civil Defense.

A Tropical Storm Watch means tropical storm conditions are possible within 48 hours.  This may include high surf and surge, strong winds, and heavy rains.

At the time the watch was issued the storm’s center was approximately 625 miles east/southeast of Hilo and moving in a west/northwest direction at 8 miles per hour.

High Surf Advisory has been issued for both the east and west facing shores of Hawaii Island effective from 6:00 a.m. this morning through 6:00 p.m. tomorrow evening, as waves from both from both Ignacio and former Typhoon Atsani collide in waters near Hawaii Island.   Surf heights of 5 to 8 feet can be expected on Saturday, and 10 to 14 feet on Sunday.

“Residents in low lying coastal areas and boat owners are advised to take necessary precautions and to complete all preparations by noon today.  Emergency personnel will be conducting door to door notifications in surf and surge vulnerable areas of Kapoho in the Puna District and parts of Hilo.”

The National Weather Service is forecasting “Tropical Storm Conditions Possible,” from Sunday night through Tuesday. The most current forecast map, below now, shows Ignacio’s core maintaining hurricane strength winds until it’s north of Kauai on Wednesday.

The storm watch area currently covers only Hawaii County, but According to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, “Watches may required for additional islands later today or tonight.”

The NOAA satellite image below shows Ignacio now with the well-defined eye of a major hurricane:

GOES West Hawaii Visible image

This image map shows the predicted path of the storm.   Note, however, that the conical shape is the “cone of probability,” for the storm path, not the actual size of the storm, which is shown in the satellite image above.

5 Day Track for IGNACIO

5 a.m. Weather Map: Ignacio may Arrive as a Hurricane

The latest forecast map from the National Weather Service Central Pacific Hurricane Center still shows Hurricane Ignacio passing a little north of the islands, but possibly arriving as a full fledged hurricane.

As of 5 a.m., Ignacio’s center was 840 miles east-southeast of Hilo and 900 miles from Kailua-Kona. The new track shows the storm most probably arriving in the vicinity of Hawaii Island late Monday or early Tuesday.  Ignacio is currently a Category 1 Hurricane with sustained winds of up 90 miles per hour and gusts higher than that. “Ignacio will slowly strengthen through late Saturday…then begin to weaken,” predicted the latest forecast.

As of 5:15 a.m., Hawaii County Civil Defense reported no storm watches or warnings currently in effect, but urged the public to “take the time to prepare early for possible storm impacts that could include high surf, strong winds, and heavy rains.  Please monitor your local radio broadcasts for additional updates.”

5 Day Track for IGNACIO

 

Flash Flood Watch Still in Efect

A flash flood watch remains in effect as the remnants of Hurricane Hilda, now a tropical depression, muddle their way past the islands.

According to he 5 a.m. update from Hawaii County Civil Defense,   “The Flash Flood watch is expected to remain through 6:00 AM Saturday morning.  As the remnants of Tropical Depression Hilda continues to track to the south of Hawaii Island heavy rains and thunder showers are expected and may result in flooding conditions.  Heavy rains and thunder showers are being reported across parts of east Hawaii.  Some ponding and run off is occurring.  Residents in flood prone areas are advised to take necessary precautions and motorists are advised to drive carefully and prepare for possible hazardous conditions and traffic delays.   Currently all Public and private schools will be open however some charter schools may be closed due to the weather conditions.  Parents of students in Charter School programs are advised to contact your school for information on school closure or schedule changes.  Presently all major highways and roadways are open.  Everyone is advised to remain out of streams and drainages as sudden flash flooding is possible.   Additional updates may be posted and broadcast as conditions change.  Please monitor your local radio broadcast for updates.”

Hilda’s Here, and She’s a Bit Depressing

Tropical Depression Hilda (formerly Hurricane Hilda) is now passing south of the Big Island, bringing locally heavy rains.  The County of Hawaii remains under a flash flood watch. As of about 11 a.m. today, the center of the depression was about 235 miles southeast of Hilo, and maximum sustained winds were 35-55 MPH.

“The flash flood watch issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect for Hawaii Island, ” reported Hawaii County Civil Defense, which noted that the watch was “expected to remain through 6:00AM Saturday morning.  As Tropical Storm Hilda continues to track to the south of Hawaii Island heavy rains and thunder showers are expected and may result in flooding conditions.  Heavy rains and thunder showers are expected across the east and southeast area of Hawaii Island and to begin this afternoon and through tonight.  Residents in flood prone areas are advised to take necessary precautions and motorists are advised to drive carefully and prepare for possible hazardous conditions and traffic delays.   Currently all roads and schools are open.  Some schools may be modifying or suspending after school activities based on anticipated weather conditions and possible road closures.  Parents are advised to contact your respective schools for current information on after school programs.   Additional updates may be broadcast and posted as conditions change.  Please monitor your local radio broadcast for updates.”

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center has posted a “Tropical Preparedness Tip” that includes the following note: “Tropical cyclones including hurricanes, tropical storms, and tropical depressions. Even the weakest tropical depressions can bring torrential rains and flash flooding to the Hawaiian Islands.”

According to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s Web site, “all backcountry areas in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park will be closed as of 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12 until it is safe to reopen them. No backcountry permits will be issued until park staff reassess the storm’s impact.  In addition, Mauna Loa Road from K?pukapuaulu to the Mauna Loa Lookout, and Namakanipaio Campgrounds and A-frame cabins, will close as of 5 p.m. Wednesday. Much of the park will remain open, including Jaggar Museum, Kilauea Visitor Center, restrooms, lava tube, front-country trails, steam vents, and other popular features. Visitors should be prepared for heavy rain and wind.”

Jason Armstrong of Hawaii County’s Parks and Recreation Division told the Chronicle that all County Parks and Rec facilities remained open.

 

 

Tropical Storm Watch Declared for Hilda

A tropical storm watch has now been declared for the Big Island because of Hurricane Hilda.  The latest maps for the storm have shifted its projected path a little north again, but it still has the eye crossing Ka’u and South Kona between 2 a.m. Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday.

According to the latest County of Hawaii Civil Defense Bulletin, “A tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within 48 hours and include high surf and surge, strong winds, and heavy rains.  As of 5:00 Hurricane Hilda was located approximately 290 miles east southeast of Hilo and moving in a northwest direction at 7 miles per hour.  Currently, Hilda continues to weaken however presently recording sustained winds of 85 miles per hour with higher gusts.  Hurricane force winds currently extend outward 25 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles. A high surf warning has been issued for the east facing shores of Hawaii Island remains in effect through 6:00am Wednesday morning.  Surf heights of 10 to 15 feet along the east facing shores can be expected.  Boat owners and residents in coastal areas are advised to secure all vessels and to take necessary precautions.  We encourage everyone to continue to plan and prepare early for possible storm impacts and to monitor your local radio broadcasts for additional updates.”

The storm is forecast to weaken, but remains a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour.

In the hours before the storm, residents should secure loose items in garages and lanais, stock up on non-perishable groceries, board over or tape windows, make sure that flashlights and portable radios have batteries and cell phones are charged, locate emergency candles or other lighting, freeze extra ice, unplug unneeded electrical appliances  and secure pets indoors.

Satellite Images for HILDA

Hilda’s Path Creeps Southward, but Not Enough.

The latest map from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center shows the projected path of the storm has crept southward, but the eye is still projected to make landfall near South Point and pass over southern Ka’u and South Kona. Compare the map image below with the satellite image showing the actual size of the storm.  Even if it follows its current projected path, the storm could still cover the entire island.

Hilda is currently still a Category One Hurricane.  It is expected to weaken before it reaches the Big Island, but is still definitely a dangerous storm. The Center’s latest bulletin noted that “A tropical storm watch may be required for the Big Island as early as tonight.”

Hawaii Civil Defense’s latest bulletin on the storm noted that while no tropical storm watches were currently in effect, one may be issued later this evening or tomorrow morning.

“The high surf advisory issued for the east facing shores of Hawaii Island remains in effect through 6:00am Wednesday morning,” it dded. “Surf heights of 8 to 12 feet along the east facing shores can be expected.  Boat owners and residents in coastal areas are advised to secure all vessels and to take necessary precautions.  We encourage everyone to continue to plan and prepare early for possible storm impacts and to monitor your local radio broadcasts for additional updates.”


 

Satellite Images for HILDA

5 Day Track for HILDA

Hurricane Hilda: Let’s Hope This Forecast is Wrong, Too

The Pacific Hurricane Center has released a forecast map that appears to show Hurricane Hilda passing directly over the top of  Mauna Loa next Friday.

It’s still early in the forecast period for the storm, however, and the forecast is  likely to change  as the hurricane draws nearer. Tropical Storm Guillermo was forecast to pass just north of Hilo last week, and it ended up giving the island only some high surf. But this storm definitely bears watching.

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Park to Close Campgrounds, Back Country during Tropical Storm Guillermo

In anticipation of the heavy rain and wind forecast with the arrival of Tropical Storm Guillermo, all backcountry areas in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will be closed as of 5 p.m. on Tues., Aug.? ?4, until it is safe to reopen them. No backcountry permits will be issued until park staff reassess the storm’s impact.

In addition, Mauna Loa Road from K?pukapuaulu to the Mauna Loa Lookout,and N?makanipaio Campgrounds and A-frame cabins, will close as of 5 p.m. Tuesday. The visitor centers, restrooms, lava tube, front-country trails, steam vents, and other popular features, will remain open.

Park staff will continue to monitor the storm and assess conditions in the park. The public will be kept informed via news releases, social media, and the park website, nps.gov/havo.

Hurricane Guillermo’s Surf Arrives; Expect the Rest of It Soon.

Hilo high surf from Hurricane Guillermo was expected to reach the Big Island  today, and theNOAA’s National Weather Center is predicting that epicenter may pass just north of Hilo, though it’s hedging its bets.

“As of 5:00PM this afternoon, Hurricane Guillermo was located approximately 725 miles east/southeast of Hilo and moving in a west/northwest direction at 10 miles per hour,” guillermo tropical storm forecast.read the latest Hawaii Civil Defense notice, posted at around 5:30 this afternoon.  “Currently, Guillermo has sustained winds of 85 miles per hour with higher gusts.  No watches or warnings are in effect at this time and the Civil Defense Agency continues to maintain close communication with the National Weather Service and monitoring the system.  A high surf advisory has been issued for east facing shores and high surf conditions are being reported in areas of Hilo, Puna, and Kau.  Surf conditions are expected to build through the night.  The high surf advisory will be in effect from noon today through 6:00 p.m. Tuesday August 4th. …. The community is encouraged to take this time to prepare for possible storm impacts that could include high surf, strong winds, and heavy rains.  Although there is some indication the system will continue to weaken, early preparations are recommended and encouraged.

The latest National Weather Service report noted that the storm’s center was becoming slightly less organized, but was still strong. It noted that the storm is “heading toward a shear environment,” which should lead to a “gradual weakening,” but it’s still expected to hit the island with tropical-storm force winds within 120 hours.  Graphics released by the center show the epicenter of the storm passing just north of the Hilo and Hamakua coasts.

The NHC said it was now handing over jurisdiction of the storm to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center on O’ahu; future reports will come from there.

 

Big Island Invasive Species Committee To Host Albizia Workshops

With news that the National Weather Service expects a more severe hurricane season than usual, Big Island residents–especially those in lover Puna–may be recalling the purgatory created by albizia trees during Tropical Storm Iselle, when the large, invasive, brittle trees fell by the thousands and isolated entire neighborhoods.

With the prevention of similar future experiences in mind, the Big Island Invasive Species Committee is hosting a series of workshops on how to lessen the albizia menace.

“At the workshops, we focus on providing information to teams and individuals who want to take action on a specific area of their neighborhood,” notes the BIISC announcement for the workshops.   “Working with the community organizer, these leaders will address both hazard and non-hazard trees in their selected area.  Trees that directly threaten roads, structures or utility lines should only be removed by a certified arborist.  At the workshops, you will be provided with resources to help you contact private landowners to notify them about hazard trees.  You will also learn how to safely and effectively use small amounts of herbicide to treat non-hazard trees and stop the spread of the “keiki” albizia that are popping up.”

In addition to the informational session, the BIISC albizia  control crew will give residents hands-on training to community volunteers. Those who wish to participate in the training should wear sturdy, closed toe shoes, long pants, and a long sleeved shirt, and bring their own water bottles (Water refills will be provided).  Also recommended, in case the crew runs into little fire annts:   “a hat and towel or cloth you can use to protect your neck and collarline,”  since disturbed ants may fall out of the trees.

Schedule:

May 9 Hawaiian Shores Community Center (“The Stables”) 9 a.m.-12 p. m.

June 6 Leilani Estates 9 a.m. Community Center- Info Table / 10 a.m. – Demo & Workshop

June 20 Hawaiian Paradise Park Community Center – 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

June 20 Nanawale Estates – 9 a.m. The Longhouse

 

Those who wish to sign up for a workshop or need more information can contact biisc@hawaii.edu.