Kauai County experiences high winds, surf from Ana
Downed tree on Maluhia Road (Image source: Kauai County)
LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -
As Hurricane Ana continues to pass south of state, Kauai County residents have been feeling the impacts over the weekend. A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Kauai and Niihau, and Civil Defense officials said they are very concerned about the privately-owned island of Niihau, home to about 200 people.
"Hurricane Ana will be impacting primarily the southern part of Niihau, where it will put them into tropical storm force winds," said Glenda Nogami-Streufert, manager for the Kauai County Civil Defense. "The island of Kauai itself is probably not going to experience that, or at least that's not the projected forecast right now."
Kauai County Mayor Bernard Carvalho said he's been in touch with the Robinson family of Niihau.
"They are fully engaged, fully at the table, you know what I mean, informed, so they too have been receiving all the information that we've been receiving from the National Weather Service," he said.
Residents on the island of Kauai are also starting to see winds and surf picking up.
Maluhia Road, also known as the "Tree Tunnel," in Koloa is closed in both directions due to a downed tree blocking the roadway. Department of Public Works crews are responding to the scene.
Ocean Safety officials announced that all beaches, from Anahola to Kekaha, are closed to swimming Sunday. This includes Anahola, Kealia, Lydgate, Poipu, Salt Pond and Kekaha beaches.
All green waste services at transfer stations islandwide are closed until further notice due to muddy and unsafe conditions, according to Kauai County.