County Creates Interactive Hazard Map Ahead of Weekend Storm
Hawaiʻi County has created an interactive hazard map to provide the public with real-time information relating to natural hazards on Hawaiʻi Island.
The announcement of the hazard map comes in time for the sub-tropic cyclone or Winter Kona Low storm that is expected to onset tonight and strengthen through the weekend. The storm poses the potential for widespread heavy rain, thunderstorms, damaging winds, large north-northwest swells, and significant flooding into next week. In addition, there are high surf, high wind, and blizzard warnings currently in effect for Hawaiʻi Island.
“We hope that this new tool will empower our residents and help them and their families thrive through any emergency situation on our island,” said Mayor Mitch Roth. “In emergencies, every minute counts, and that is why we are excited to offer a reliable source of information that will be available in real-time, so when we know it, the public will know it too. A well-informed community is a safe community. That said, we ask that everyone be mindful this weekend and do what they can to stay informed and avoid any dangerous situations that the impending storm may cause.”
The map will be managed by Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense Agency and is available online and accessible on any smart device, and is free to use.
Information on the map will be updated year-round and in real-time of any emergency or impending hazard. Hazard notifications on the interactive map include road closures, public facility closures, active shelters, active fires, active flooding and utility outages.
County officials encourage residents in flood-prone areas to make preparations before the onset of the heavy rains and secure loose outdoor items for strong winds. Coastal property and boat owners should also secure property before the surf arrives. Residents are urged to remain indoors when lightning occurs.
Click here to access the interactive hazard map.