Emergency management agency urges preparation as Kona has low impact on Hawai’i


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December 5, 2021, 7:01 a.m. HST

PC: NOAA / NWS Kona Low approaches the state. Satellite imagery 12.5.21 6:54 am

A “Kona Low” weather system will impact the Hawaiian Islands and could bring up to 25 inches of rain, along with flash floods, damaging winds and landslides in parts of the state, the state said. Hawaiian Emergency Management Agency.

Rainfall on Friday and Saturday has already damaged roads and caused localized flooding, and the same weather system has resulted in high winds and waves, as well as snow at high altitudes. HI-EMA reports that conditions are expected to worsen from this afternoon, with effects lasting for several days this week.

The National Weather Service says, “Periods of extremely heavy precipitation are expected as a Kona low pressure develops west of Kaua’i and brings deep humidity to the islands. A slowly moving band of heavy rain is expected to move over the Big Island and County of Maui today, spreading to O’ahu and County of Kaua’i overnight and Monday. Widespread amounts of precipitation of 10 to 15 inches are forecast, with isolated areas of 20 to 25 inches possible. “

Flood monitoring remains in effect until Tuesday afternoon. A blizzard warning is also in effect for the Big Island’s peaks until 6 a.m. Monday, with additional snow accumulations of up to 8 inches and wind gusts of up to 125 mph, according to the NWS.

HI-EMA monitors the effects of weather conditions and coordinates with county, state, federal and private sector partners to assist as needed. The agency provided the following advice to the public:

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Flooding is one of the most common hazards in Hawai’i

  • During heavy rains or man-made structural failures, such as a dam failure, flash floods can occur quickly and without warning.
  • Be ready to evacuate and immediately move to higher ground. Don’t wait for instructions to act.
  • Do not cross fast streams in your vehicle or on foot – Turn around, don’t drown!
  • Contact your property / accident agent or broker about flood insurance, which is offered through the National Flood Insurance Program.
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Make a plan

  • Plan escape routes – make sure all family members know where to go and how to get out.
  • Meeting place – choose a physical location to meet if communication between family members is interrupted.
  • Family Communication – Identify a family member who lives out of state that everyone can tell when they are safe.

Take a 14-day “Go-Kit” for your family

  • Extra clothes and sturdy shoes
  • 1 gallon of water per person per day
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Face cover, gloves and disinfectant
  • First aid kit
  • Battery-operated or hand-crank radio
  • Flash light
  • Battery
  • Manual can opener
  • Hygiene supplies
  • Whistle
  • Important documents
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