Big Island southeast shoreline residents urged to move to higher ground

6pm report: Hawaii Island officials ask southeast shoreline residents to move to higher ground in prep for Ana

PUNA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii County Civil Defense officials are asking residents in the shoreline communities of Punaluu in Kau and the Kalapana, Kapoho, and Pohoiki areas of Puna to take precautions and move to higher ground in preparation for Tropical Storm Ana which could begin to affect Hawaii Island by Friday, based on the latest projections.

Officials say surf heights of 25 to 40 feet are currently forecasted for the southeast facing shores of Hawaii Island. They say high surf and other storm impacts may affect parts of West Hawaii from South Kona through South Kohala. As a result, officials are advising all shoreline residents to take precautions and prepare for high surf and storm surge run up.

The National Weather Service Tropical Storm Watch for Hawaii Island remains in effect. Tropical Storm Ana was located approximately 500 miles east southeast of Hilo and moving west at 10 miles per hour, as of the latest National Weather Service update at 5 a.m. Thursday. Officials say the system is showing sustained winds of 60 miles per hour with higher gusts. In addition to the high winds, high surf and storm surge may be expected as well as heavy rains and thunder showers.

Hawai'i County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira is asking all Hawai'i Island residents to monitor their local radio broadcasts for updates and to prepare for possible storm conditions by Friday.

More details tonight on Hawaii News Now.

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