HAPPENING NOW: WAHIAWA BRUSH FIRE
Firefighters will get some help when the sun comes up to put out a challenging brush fire near the Karsten Thot Bridge. Air drops will start at first light. No structures are being threatened, but more than 75 acres have burned so far. Ramsay Wharton will have live reports all morning on Sunrise.
TRAFFIC ALERT: TANKER FIRE
The right lane on the H-1 Eastbound is closed between the Middle Street Tunnel and the Likelike exit due to a stalled tanker truck. Emergency crews snuffed out flames from the burning rear tires in just 8 minutes overnight, but they're still trying to clear the scene. Traffic updates every 10 minutes on Sunrise.
TICKET TO PARADISE
Passengers taking advantage of Allegiant Airline's promotional 99-dollar one way fare to Hawaii from Stockton had to wait for 26 hours to get off the ground. The flight was supposed to leave Sunday, but didn't get off the ground until Monday night because of mechanical problems. Another jet had to be re-routed to Stockton because the carrier doesn't have planes on standby.
STATE ELECTIONS MEETING
The State Elections Commission is set to meet this morning to go over ballot shortage problems and other issues from the general election. 24 polling sites on Oahu ran out of paper ballots and a report prepared by the Chief Election Officer reveals the wrong reserve ballots went out to Hokulani and Waialae Elementary schools so voters cast ballots in races they weren't supposed to. Just yesterday, Governor Abercrombie proposed moving to an all mail-in election.
WEATHER NOW: HIGH SURF & SMALL CRAFT ADVISORIES
Rough seas and windy conditions have triggered two weather advisories. A high surf advisory and small craft advisory. Dan is tracking both on Sunrise.
SHAKA SANTA ON THE MOVE
Santa Claus will make his way this morning to Honolulu Hale. The fixture at City Lights should be up by 10 AM.
More emergency sirens will sound today. Testing will happen between 9 AM and 1 PM at the Diamond Head Lighthouse, the Kapahulu Library, Kewalo Basin and Makiki District Park.
WICKED PREVIEW & U.S. MARINE CORPS FORCES PACIFIC BAND
Plus, Jennifer Robbins gives us a preview of the musical "Wicked" and the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band will perform live from Studio B to promote their holiday concert at the Hawaii Theatre. If you miss any of these segments, you can always watch later on HawaiiNewsNow.com.
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