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Mayor Roth Declares State of Emergency Amid Severe Weather

December 5, 2021, 6:21 PM HST
* Updated December 5, 6:25 PM
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Mayor Mitch Roth signed the Mayor’s December 5, 2021, Severe Weather Condition First Emergency
Proclamation earlier today, declaring a state of emergency for the County of Hawaiʻi.

The State of Emergency is due to the threat of imminent disaster on Hawaiʻi Island by way of potentially heavy rainfall, lightning, high winds associated with thunderstorms and catastrophic flooding. This emergency proclamation shall go into effect today, Dec. 5, and terminate on Dec. 31, 2021, unless terminated earlier or extended by a separate proclamation, or whichever shall occur first.

“By declaring an emergency, we can maximize response and guarantee that the necessary resources
will be made available to our community, as they need them,” said Mayor Mitch Roth. “That said, we would like to encourage all of our residents to remain indoors and stay off the roadways as much as possible. There are many reports of fallen trees, downed powerlines, and other hazards that remain a risk, and we ask that everyone proceed with caution to keep each other safe.”

The County of Hawaiʻi Civil Defense Administration closely monitors the storm’s progress and will
notify the community if necessary. In addition, visit the Hawaiʻi County Interactive Hazard Map for information directly related to the storm.

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