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Assist Alert: Hurricane Douglas Set to Hit Hawaii on Saturday

 
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SITUATION BRIEF

The fast-moving Hurricane Douglas continues to approach the island chain of Hawaii. While the U.S. National Hurricane Center said the hurricane should gradually weaken on Friday, Douglas is expected to be at or near hurricane strength when it hits the Big Island on Saturday. The storm should pass over the other islands late Saturday and Sunday.

 

Hawaiian residents and tourists should anticipate extremely damaging winds, heavy rainfall, high surf and storm surge. Those staying on the coast, particularly along east-facing shores, should prepare for very dangerous surf and storm surge.

 

ADVICE

  • If you are currently in Hawaii, pay close attention to local media sources for weather-related updates, review contingency plans, and heed any directives issued by local authorities, including evacuations. 
  • Listen to your hotel’s management staff who should have a plan in place and will likely ask guests to gather in a safe room with no windows.  

  • If the winds are very strong, seek shelter in interior rooms such as bathrooms or stairwells. If you stay in rooms with windows, you run the risk of getting hit with breaking glass. 

  • If you were scheduled to travel to Hawaii or between the islands over the weekend, call your airline carrier or travel agent to postpone your travel plans or for updates on your upcoming trip.  

  • Remember that fierce winds are not the only danger caused by a hurricane. Flooding and landslides are a more dangerous threat of most hurricanes. Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Do not park your vehicle near a stream, pond, or river.  

  • Finally, put together a disaster survival kit. Keep the following supplies near you and put them in a water-tight container: flashlight with extra batteries, first aid kit, common medicines (ibuprofen, aspirin, antihistamines), eyeglasses, drinking water, non-perishable foods, change of clothes, cash and credit cards, and copies of all important documents.