Researchers evacuated from Papahanaumokuakea ahead of Walaka

Walaka is now a category two hurricane.

Researchers evacuated from Papahanaumokuakea ahead of Walaka
Hurricane Walaka is passing over the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. (NOAA)

PAPAHANAUMOKUAKEA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Seven researchers have been evacuated from the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument as Hurricane Walaka approaches.

A research vessel picked up the researchers from the French Frigate Shoals.

The atoll is in the path of Walaka, now a category two hurricane.

Earlier this week, the Coast Guard also evacuated four Fish and Wildlife workers from the Johnston Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.

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