Hurricane Ana is forecasted to impact Hawai‘i Island Friday afternoon/evening with south and southwest facing shoreline communities expected to experience the most severe Tropical Storm weather conditions -- heavy rain, strong winds, high surf and dangerous storm surge.
According to the National Weather Service, Ana has intensified into a weak Category 1 Hurricane, though it remains on a forecast track south of the Hawaiian Islands. A Tropical Storm watch is now in effect for the entire state.
As of the latest update from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center at 11 a.m., the center of Ana was located 230 miles south of Hilo, or 380 miles south-southeast of Honolulu, with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour and higher gusts. It was moving toward the west-northwest at 14 miles per hour.
On this forecast track, the center of Ana is expected to pass about 115 miles southwest of the Big Island Friday night and about 115 miles southwest of the rest of the state over the weekend. Officials say hurricane force winds currently extend outward up to 25 miles from the center of the storm and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 90 miles.
Tropical storm conditions are expected on Hawai‘i Island starting late Friday. Similar conditions are possible across the rest of the state on Saturday and Sunday. This includes large swells that may be potentially damaging along some shorelines. Heavy rainfall is also expected with the possibility of life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.
Right now, Ana is forecast to kick up waves as big as 10-25 ft and storm surge of up to 2 ft. Flooding is a major concern because rainfall is projected from 6-12 inches in some spots.
Hawai‘i County Civil Defense officials are asking residents in the shoreline communities of Punalu‘u in Ka‘u and the Kalapana, Kapoho, and Pohoiki areas of Puna to take precautions and move to higher ground. All Hawai‘i County and State beach parks on Hawai‘i Island are closed along with Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.
Hawai‘i Red Cross has partnered with the County to open emergency shelters at: Waiakea High, Pahoa High & Intermediate, Ka'u High & Pahala Elementary, Konawaena High & Kealakehe High.
County beach parks include:
Keokea Beach Park, North Kohala
Kapaa Beach Park, North Kohala
Mahukona Beach Park, North Kohala
Spencer Beach Park, South Kohala
Kohanaiki Beach Park, North Kona
Waiaha Beach Park (Honls), North Kona
Pahoehoe Beach Park, North Kona
Laaloa Beach Park (Magic Sands), North Kona
Kahaluu Beach Park, North Kona
Napoopoo Beach Park, South Kona
Hookena Beach Park, South Kona
Milolii Beach Park, South Kona
Whittington Beach Park, Ka'u
Punaluu Beach Park, Ka'u
Isaac K. Hale Beach Park, Puna
Ahalanui Park, Puna
Richardson Ocean Park, Hilo
Waiolena/Waiulu (Leleiwi) Beach Park, Hilo
Carlsmith Beach Park, Hilo
Kealoha Beach Park, Hilo
Onekahakaha Beach Park, Hilo
Reeds Bay, Hilo
Coconut Island (Moku Ola), Hilo
Honolii Beach Park, Hilo
Kolekole Beach Park, Hilo
Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park, Hamakua
State beach parks include:
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, South Kohala
Kekaha Kai State Park (including Maniniowali, Mahaiula sections), North Kona