Mayor Kim Issues Emergency Proclamation for Lane
Hawai‘i County Mayor Harry Kim issued the following emergency proclamation for Hurricane Lane:
WHEREAS, Chapter 127A Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, provides for the establishment of County organizations for emergency management and disaster relief with the mayor having direct responsibility and authority over emergency management within the county.
WHEREAS, Chapter 127A Hawaii Revised Statutes and Chapter 7, Articles 1 and 2 of the Hawai‘i County Code, establishes a Civil Defense Agency within the County of Hawai‘i and prescribes its powers, duties, and responsibilities, and Section 13- 23 of the Hawai‘i County Charter empowers the Mayor of the County to declare emergencies; and
WHEREAS, the National Weather Service at 5:00 p.m. HST on August 17, 2018 issued Hurricane Lane Advisory Number 17 advising that Hurricane Lane had entered Hawaiian waters and was located at 12.8 North Latitude/141.0 West Longitude or 930 miles south east of Hilo, Hawai‘i as a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph and;
WHEREAS, the National Weather Service at 5:00 a.m. HST on August 21, 2018 issued Hurricane Lane Advisory Number 27 advising of a Hurricane Watch for the County of Hawai‘i. Hurricane Lane was located at 14.1 North Latitude/152.3 West Longitude or 450 miles south east of Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i as a Category 4. hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph and;
WHEREAS, a Hurricane Watch means that possible tropical storm conditions can occur any time within the next 48 hours; and
WHEREAS, conditions associated with hurricanes and tropical storms include but are not limited to storm surge, high surf, high winds, flash flooding and heavy rain may occur; and;
WHEREAS, due to the possibility of imminent disaster due to property damage and/or bodily injury to residents of Hawai`i Island, and the need for government agencies and representatives from the private sector to mobilize and provide immediate services to our island residents, a state of emergency is authorized pursuant to Chapter 127A Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, and Chapter 7, Hawai‘i County Code.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, HARRY KIM, Mayor of the County of Hawai‘i, do hereby proclaim and declare that a state of emergency exists due threat of imminent disaster on the Hawai‘i Island, effective 7:38 a.m., August 21, 2018, and continuing thereon for 60 days or until further act by this office.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the County of Hawai‘i to be affixed. Done this 21st day of August 2018 in Hilo, Hawai‘i.