Tropical Storm Flossie bears down on main Hawaiian islands
Monday, July 29, 2013, 8:41 AM -
Tropical Storm Flossie continues to march westward to Hawaii with some weakening forecast over the next 48 hours.
National Weather Service officials said they expect people on the Big Island and Maui to see the brunt of the storm on Monday with winds up to 100 km/h, possible flooding and waves up to 18 feet high.
Flossie could also bring mudslides, tornadoes and waterspouts, the forecasters said.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for Hawaii County and Maui County, including the islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe. A warning was also issued for Oahu.
On Sunday, people headed to places like Costco to stock up on essentials like water, batteries and gas.
Governor Neil Abercrombie signed an emergency proclamation ahead of the storm. This will clear the way for authorities to prepare for the storm. It also covers access to major disaster funds to cover staff overtime, purchase supplies and the activation of the National Guard.
The U.S. Coast Guard closed three ports, two on the Big Island where the storm is expected first, and a third on Maui. College campuses and courts were also to be closed Monday on the Big Island.
Officials warned people to cancel beach trips, finish necessary storm preparations and evacuate if asked by local officials.
With files from The Associated Press