Norman 385 East of Hilo; Beach Parks Close
The Central Pacific Hurricane Center reports that as of 5 p.m., Hurricane Norman is a Category 3 hurricane, 385 miles east of Hilo with sustained winds of 120 mph, moving WNW at 9 mph.
The National Weather Service reports that a High Surf Warning has been issued for the north- and east-facing shores of Hawai‘i Island, from South Point to Upolu Point. Winds may also increase in localized areas today.
Due to the forecasted weather conditions, the following closures and recommendations are now in effect:
- At this time Richardson Beach Park and Kealoha Beach parks have been closed due to high surf conditions. All other beach parks on the north and east side of the island, from South Point to Upolu Point, will be closed tomorrow. All permits and reservations for these parks have been cancelled.
- Boat owners should take measures to secure their vessels until the danger passes. (Hilo Area)
- Oceanfront residents are urged to be on alert for high and dangerous surf conditions through tonight and tomorrow. Do complete your preparations before nightfall.
All closures will be updated in real time here.
More information on hurricane preparedness can be found here.
Hawai‘i County Civil Defense is monitoring the storm and will keep you informed of any changes that may affect your safety. Take this time to assure that emergency plans are updated.