HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - City crews cleared streams of debris Friday, geared up for emergency staffing, and urged Oahu residents to be prepared for possible tropical storm conditions late Saturday or Sunday.
It's not yet clear whether Tropical Storm Darby will affect Oahu, but city officials said residents should get ready now for the possibility of flooding rains and high winds. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the island, which means tropical storm conditions are possible within 48 hours.
Darby is expected to begin impacting Hawaii Island late Friday, and its center could pass over or near Maui on Saturday night.
"We're not going to take anything for granted," said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. "This is the first storm of the season. We want everyone to be prepared."
Caldwell added that this isn't the weekend for hiking, kayaking or paddleboarding, and asked beachgoers to check with lifeguards before venturing into the water.
The city the emergency operations center will be partially activated Saturday at noon.
On Friday, city crews were out in force clearing stream beds and picking up debris.
So far, Darby hasn't spurred any park closures on Oahu, and trash pick-up is still scheduled for this weekend. But that could change if forecasters expect the island to see major impacts from the storm.
But even without a direct hit, officials warned, the storm will churn up Oahu's waters, will pick up winds and could cause heavy rains.