HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - State officials say they are preparing for the arrival of Tropical Storm Ana which is expected to crawl up the island chain beginning Friday.Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Wednesday signed an emergency proclamation in anticipation of Ana's arrival.
The proclamation allows the state to draw upon funds for protective measures and means easier access to resources at the state and federal levels.
"The best way the state can prepare is through this proclamation, which allows us to respond quickly to any potential impacts,"says Gov. Abercrombie."It's time to at least prepare and make sure that your emergency kit and your emergency plan of action is what it needs to be," says Chris Brenchley, a meteorologist with the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.
Brenchley says unlike Hurricane Iselle, Ana isn't projected to directly hit the Big Island. When Iselle did that in August, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa helped break it apart, sparing the rest of the islands.
"The potential with Ana is that they system will have a lot more impact further down the island chain that what we saw with Iselle," says Brenchley.
Ana will bring heavy rain, strong winds, and high surf.
So far, grocery stores have not seen the intense buying frenzy. There is still bottled water and other supplies available. The state hopes that is because people are already prepared.
Recommended preparedness actions may be found on the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency website at scd.hawaii.gov. Residents are also encouraged to enroll in local notification systems and monitor local radio and television broadcasts.