Hurricane Norman: High Surf Warning Issued
The Central Pacific Hurricane Center reports that as of 11 a.m., Hurricane Norman is a Category 3 hurricane, 435 miles E of Hilo with sustained winds of 115 mph, moving west at 8 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:
- All county 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.
- Oceanfront residents are urged to be on alert for high and dangerous surf conditions.
- Complete preparations before nightfall.
- Be prepared as conditions can change rapidly!
- More information on hurricane preparedness can be found here.
All closures will be updated in real time here.
Hawai‘i County Civil Defense is monitoring the storm and will keep you informed of any changes that may affect your safety. Do take this time to assure that emergency plans are updated.