LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - ?
Hurricane Ana was downgraded to a Tropical Storm this afternoon, but continues to linger south of Kauai and Niihau as it slowly moves west.
As of 5 p.m., the County of Kauai remains under a Tropical Storm Warning as storm force winds remain a threat for the island of Niihau. The threat of storm force winds has diminished for Kauai, but bands of heavy rain will likely continue through tonight and possibly into tomorrow.
A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for both islands.
The American Red Cross shelter at the Kaua'i War Memorial Convention Hall will close at 7 p.m. However, officials continue to monitor the storm and are prepared to reopen shelters as the need arises.
The Department of Education (DOE) reports that all schools are scheduled to be open tomorrow. DOE officials will continue to monitor conditions, with particular attention to rain levels in Hanalei.
Stay tuned to local media for updates on school or other closures.
For weather updates, call the National Weather Service at 245-6001, or visit the NWS website, www.weather.gov/hawaii.
There are no road closures at this time. For road closure information, call the Kaua'i Police Department's pre-recorded advisory at (808) 241-1725.