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Civil Defense issues alert as NWS forecasts torrential rain from Flossie

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A message from State Civil Defense is reminding Hawaii residents to be on alert as Tropical Storm Flossie approaches the Hawaiian islands.

The following is the Civil Defense message:

The National Weather Service (NWS) has forecast possible torrential rainfall, thunderstorms and high winds from Tropical Storm (TS) Flossie.

TS Flossie, which is currently about 1,395 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii, is expected to weaken in intensity but could still produce heavy rain and possible flooding in some parts of the state. TS Flossie is expected to impact Hawaii County as early as Monday, July 29, 2013. There are currently no watches or warnings in effect, however authorities may issue a flash flood watch or warning over the weekend.

Residents should be alert to Flash Flood Watches and WARNINGS because flooding may occur rapidly and threaten life and property. Ground saturation caused by the heavy showers increase the danger of flash floods, mudslides, and rockslides. State Civil Defense reminds residents and visitors to take appropriate precautions. Be aware of dangers such as streams and other areas prone to flooding and mudslides. If there is the possibility of flooding, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions.

Residents are encouraged to continue to prepare for Hawaii's ongoing wet weather season, which runs from October to March. Precautions that can be taken to protect lives and property include determining if you live or work in a flood zone (www.floodsmart.gov), listening for Flash Flood Watches and WARNINGS broadcast on radio and TV, and reinforcing your home against potential flood damage.

The following is the Flood Potential Outlook issued by the National Weather Service, updated Saturday morning:

..HEAVY RAIN AND FLASH FLOODING POSSIBLE MONDAY AND TUESDAY...

THE LATEST FORECAST FOR TROPICAL STORM FLOSSIE STILL HAS THE
SYSTEM MOVING ACROSS THE ISLAND CHAIN EARLY NEXT WEEK AS A
WEAKENING TROPICAL CYCLONE. ABUNDANT TROPICAL MOISTURE ASSOCIATED
WITH FLOSSIE WILL BRING ELEVATED POTENTIAL FOR VERY HEAVY RAINFALL
AND FLASH FLOODING FOR PARTS OF THE STATE ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY.

THE DETAILS ON THE TIMING AND LOCATION OF THE HEAVY RAIN ARE
HIGHLY DEPENDENT ON THE EVENTUAL TRACK OF FLOSSIE. PLEASE STAY
TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR LOCAL MEDIA FOR LATEST INFORMATION.

Related story: Flossie at 65 mph; moving into Central Pacific

 

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