Emergency proclamations signed as tropical storm nears

Emergency proclamations signed as tropical storm nears

HILO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - Gov. David Ige and the mayors of Maui and the Big Island have signed emergency proclamations ahead of Tropical Storm Darby, which is expected to impact the islands beginning late Friday.

The proclamations allow easier access to county emergency resources and suspends certain laws as needed for emergency purposes.

"We want to make sure we are doing everything possible to protect the public," said Mayor Billy Kenoi, in a news release. "This proclamation improves the county's ability to respond quickly to any potential impacts from the impending storm."

The disaster emergency relief period for the proclamations began Friday at noon and will continue for 60 days.

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