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HI-EMA: Severe Weather Expected to Continue

August 24, 2015, 3:22 PM HST
* Updated August 24, 3:24 PM
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The Hawai’i Emergency Management Agency, along with local emergency management and civil defense agencies and federal and state partners, met with the National Weather Service Monday to get updated on the intensity and track of current Tropical Depression Kilo.

“We are grateful to all of our partners at the local, state, and federal levels who have continued to coordinate emergency management and disaster preparedness efforts in Kilo’s wake,” said Vern Miyagi, Executive Office of HI-EMA. “Although Kilo appears to be turning away from the state, its track and strength have been high unstable. We urge the public to continue their ongoing preparations for what remains to be an extremely active hurricane season.”

At 2 p.m., the storm was about 615 miles southwest of Lihue, Kaua’i and was moving to the north-northwest at about 7 miles per hour. Despite Kilo shifting away from the state, the storm is forecast to strengthen as wind shear is expected to weaken.

Moist air is currently affecting the entire state, HI-EMA notes that the weather is not all to blame on Kilo. Members of the public should prepare to be impacted by heavy rains and thunderstorms throughout the week.

A typhoon in the west Pacific is also expected to impact west facing shores beginning Wednesday.

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Two tropical disturbances are being monitored by the National Hurricane Center. It is predicted that there is about a 90 percent chance that one may develop into a tropical cyclone and cross into the central Pacific on Thursday.

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Stick with Big Island Now as we bring you all the latest information during this hurricane season.

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