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HI-EMA, Partners Monitor Tropical Storm Hilda

August 12, 2015, 10:54 AM HST
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Hawai’i Emergency Management Agency and local emergency management, federal and state partners, along with civil defense agencies, including the Hawai’i County Civil Defense, continue to work together as the National Weather Service provides information regarding Tropical Storm Hilda’s intensity and track.

As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, the Big Island remained under a Tropical Storm Watch and High Surf Warning, with a Flash Flood Warning to go into effect at 6 p.m.

“Our coordination and preparedness efforts at the local and state level will continue in proportion to the threat,” said Doug Mayne, Administrator of Emergency Management. “We thank our partners for their flexibility and willingness to commit staff and resources towards readying the state for potential events such as Hilda.”

According to HI-EMA, following a brief with the NWS, there is only a 10 percent chance of tropical storm force winds impacting the Big Island. However, heavy rain is in the forecast, with an estimated 6 to 12 inches forecast to fall on the east and southeast slopes of the Big Island. Some areas could see up to 18 inches.

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