Kauai schools open as tsunami holding areas

KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Nine schools on Kauai have been opened by the Department of Education as holding areas for visitors and others who must evacuate tsunami inundation zones. The following schools are currently open:

· North shore: Klauea Elementary

· East side: Kapa'a Elementary, Kapa'a High and Kapa'a Middle schools

· Central: King Kaumuali'i Elementary, Wilcox Elementary, Kaua'i High School and Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School

· West: 'Ele'ele Elementary and Waimea High School

The estimated earliest arrival of the first tsunami wave on Kaua'i is 3:07 am Hawai'i Standard Time on Friday, March 11. Civil Defense sirens will sound at 10:55 pm, 11:55 pm, 12:55 pm, 1:55 am, and 2:25 am.

Residents are advised to take precautions to preserve life and property. Residents and visitors who are not in tsunami inundation zones are asked to stay where they are to keep roads as clear as possible for evacuation efforts. For those who are in a tsunami inundation zone, please move to higher ground.

Maps of tsunami inundation zones can be found in the front section of the Hawaiian Telcom phone book or at the following link: http://www.kauai.gov/Government/Departments/CivilDefenseAgency/tabid/90/Default.aspx.

More information will be provided as it becomes available from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Please stay tuned to your local media for further updates.