‘The worst has passed’: Tropical storm warning for Big Island dropped after Calvin downgraded

A flood watch for the state has also expired
Published: Jul. 18, 2023 at 4:17 PM HST|Updated: Jul. 19, 2023 at 4:57 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A tropical storm warning for Hawaii Island has been discontinued as the cyclone that was Calvin deteriorates south of the island chain.

A flood watch for the state has also expired.

The state was spared major impacts from Calvin because the storm took a slightly more southerly track, passing just south of Hawaii Island and triggering heavy rains but no major damage.

“Thankfully, Tropical Storm Calvin did not cause significant impact within our state. It is safe to say that the worst has passed,” said Gov. Josh Green, in a news conference Wednesday morning.

“We take these things seriously because they can cause harm very quickly.”

He added that Calvin was a good reminder of the importance of being prepared during hurricane season, which runs through Nov. 1.

Emergency officials had been bracing for former Tropical Storm Calvin’s arrival and the governor signed an emergency proclamation in advance of the cyclone.

Hawaii County Mayor Mitch Roth said Calvin’s rains did trigger some flooding and road closures, but those have since been largely mitigated.

Closures and service cancelations announced in advance of Calvin’s arrival will be in place throughout the day, however. Those include cancelations to bus routes.

“I’m glad that we’re able to be here safe and sound,” Roth said.

Hawaii County opened eight shelters for potential evacuees, and those have since been closed.