HONOLULU – Civil servants in Hawaii urged residents and visitors to be prepared when a strong tropical storm approached the island state.
Olivia was a few hundred kilometers east of Hilo on Monday with a maximum sustained wind of 70 mph (115 km / h). It was relegated from a hurricane earlier in the day after windbreak weakened the storm.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell warned of complacency, noting tropical storms have caused flooding in Honolulu in recent years.
"We do not know what it will look like when Olivia approaches the Hawaiian islands, so please, people, do not let your guard," Caldwell said.
He said that crews were hard at work to remove debris from the streams, so that they would not block the expected increased water flows.
Predictors say that Olivia drops 10 to 15 inches (25 to 38 centimeters) of rain on the Big Island and Maui County, although some areas can get 20 inches (50 centimeters).
Wil Okabe, managing director of the province of Hawaii, said that work teams were sent to neighborhoods and parts of highways that were flooded and suffered from landslides during Hurricane Lane last month.
"By having people in the neighborhood to follow the situation, to search for the signals, we can react much faster," said Okabe. The province is also preparing to open shelters.
Lane dumped more than 52 centimeters of rain on the Big Island and marked the second highest rainfall in the nation for a tropical cyclone since 1950. Almost 40 people had to be saved from flooding, while about 200 people reported damage to their homes Big Island because of Lane.
Hurricane Harvey, who covered more than 60 inches of rain in Texas last year, is the wettest tropical cyclone in the last seven decades.
The ground has been dry since Lane, so there's no reason why it's already saturated before the Olivia arrives, Okabe said.
Keith Regan, managing director of Maui County, urged visitors to stay away from the city of Hana and the narrow winding road that leads there. Hana Highway is a popular route for tourists to the island and can experience some of the biggest effects of the storm.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige says the state would place roadside equipment in Hana before the storm arrives, so crews are ready to respond if the highway is blocked.
Oahu and Kauai are expected to receive 3 to 6 inches (7 to 15 centimeters) of rain, although the rainfall in some areas may reach 20 to 25 centimeters.
The forecast showed the center of the storm on its way to Maui. But the officials emphasized that there is uncertainty about the exact path of the storm.
"It's important that we do not focus on the predicted track. This storm could have a direct impact on every part of the state from South Point to the north coast of Kauai," said Tom Travis, administrator of Hawaii Emergency Management. Agency. .
On Guam, the residents woke up Tuesday from flooded streets, chopped down trees and widespread power outages after the Typhoon Mangkhut was over at night.
In the Pacific Daily News reports, government agencies are carrying out damage assessments and starting clearing roads. Approximately 80 percent of the US territory was without power.
Hurricanes are produced east of the international date limit. Typhoons are developing west of the line.