In anticipation of Tropical Storm Iselle, Mayor Alan Arakawa has declared an official state of emergency for the entire County of Maui, effective 11:10 a.m. on Aug. 6 and extending until further notice.
All non-emergency County personnel were sent home at noon today with the possible exception of County elections employees. Determinations regarding County elections employees and walk-in voting services will be made by the State Office of Elections as needed.
County offices to be closed include all Division of Motor Vehicles and Licensing offices, planning and permitting, water bill processing, parks permitting, Liquor Department testing and other offices that interact with the public on a regular basis. County offices will remain closed on Friday morning as county officials evaluate the situation.
Emergency personnel, such as police, fire, road crews and those working in the Civil Defense Emergency Operations Center will continue to work throughout the duration of the storm.
All County swimming pools will close at noon today until further notice.
Waiehu Golf Course will issue final tee times at noon on Thursday and remain closed until further notice. All County camping sites will be closed from Thursday until Sunday.
All community centers will be closed starting noon Thursday until further notice along with all County beach parks. CORA-permitted (commercial) activities are canceled Thursday and Friday and until beach parks reopen.
The only office to remain open will be the Office of County Clerk which will stay open today and will be able to accept early walk-in voting until 4 p.m.
The onset of tropical storm conditions are expected over Maui County tonight. Very large damaging surf is expected along mainly east and south shores starting late tonight.
Rainfall totals of five to eight inches, with isolated maximum amounts to 12 inches, are expected along the track of Iselle. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and rock and mud slides.
The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters. The surge will be accompanied by large and damaging waves. Surge related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over short distances.
Loose objects such as lawn furniture, garbage cans and other items should be secured or stored indoors. Have supplies on hand and be ready for power outages. Be ready to evacuate if necessary. Heed the advice of local officials and comply with any orders that are issued. Persons living near the shore should be prepared to evacuate quickly should building surf threaten.
Maui Civil Defense Agency will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts for any updates. NOAA Weather Broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather Internet services can be found at www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl.
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200.