Updated 11:05 a.m.: A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected in the warning area within 36 hours.
EFFECTS: The center of Tropical Storm Iselle is moving toward the west near 15 mph and this motion is expected to continue through early Sunday with some slowing in forward speed.
Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph with higher gusts. Some weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Iselle may weaken to a depression by Sunday. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 105 miles from the center. A wind gust of 68 mph was reported on Kahoolawe earlier this morning. Tropical storm conditions will gradually diminish on Maui County today.
Rainfall totals of 5 to 8 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches, are expected along the track of Iselle. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and rock and mud slides.
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS ALSO IN EFFECT FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII FROM 4:00 AM TODAY TO 6:00 AM SATURDAY.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: IT IS VITAL THAT YOU DO NOT FOCUS ON THE EXACT FORECAST TRACK OF THE STORM. FORECAST MOVEMENT, DIRECTION, AND SPEED ARE ONLY ESTIMATES. EVEN SMALL ERRORS IN THE FORECAST TRACK CAN MEAN MAJOR DIFFERENCES IN WHERE THE WORST CONDITIONS WILL OCCUR. DAMAGING EFFECTS CAN EXTEND FAR FROM THE CENTER OF THE STORM.
NOW IS THE TIME TO PREPARE. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL IT IS TOO LATE. STAY CALM AND KEEP INFORMED. CLOSELY MONITOR RADIO OR OTHER LOCAL NEWS OUTLETS FOR OFFICIAL STORM INFORMATION. LISTEN FOR WARNINGS OR CHANGES TO THE FORECAST.
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.
INFORMATION: 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.