State of emergency declared as the Category 4 hurricane Ignacio edges closer to the outskirts of Hawaii

State Of Emergency

Hawaii is preparing for a Category 4 hurricane that is set to hit the The Big Island and Maui from tomorrow.
 
The current forecast has Hurricane Ignacio passing northeast of the Big Island on Monday and north of Maui on Tuesday. It’s possible that the storm will still be at hurricane strength during that time, reported the Maui News
 
The Central Pacific Hurricane Center says stormy weather could hit the Big Island on Sunday night and Maui on Monday.
Hurricane Ignacio is expected to pass north-east of the Big Island on Monday and north of Maui on Tuesday
Hurricane Ignacio is expected to pass north-east of the Big Island on Monday and north of Maui on Tuesday
As of 5 a.m. Sunday, the center said Hurricane Ignacio is 450 miles east-southeast of Hilo and likely at peak strength with sustained winds of 140 mph, reported the Honolulu Star-Advertiser
 
Hawaii Governor David Ige signed an emergency proclamation on Friday afternoon in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Ignacio that activates the fund set aside for disaster relief for the state.
 
Ige was prompted to act after the National Weather Service advised that even though Ignacio’s path is still highly uncertain, the system has the ability to cause widespread damage across the state.
 
The Major Disaster Fund allows easier access to emergency resources at the state and federal levels, along with the ability to suspend certain laws as needed for emergency purposes.
Hawaii Governor David Ige signed an emergency order in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Ignacio
Hawaii Governor David Ige signed an emergency order in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Ignacio
Vern Miyagi, the executive officer of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, said: ‘We thank Governor Ige for his support during this crucial time, and are taking advantage of this pre-landfall period to ensure that we are as best prepared as possible.
 
‘With our whole state engulfed in the cone of uncertainty, we ask the public to continue their preparedness efforts and monitor news media for the latest updates regarding Hurricane Ignacio.’  
 
The hurricane intensified in strength on Saturday afternoon, with winds gusting up to 115 miles per hour. Then 835 miles southeast of Honolulu and 625 miles southeast of Hilo, it was moving northwest at eight miles per hour, said center spokesman Neil Honda.
 
‘It just became a hurricane from a tropical storm,’ Honda said, noting the weather became fierce enough to be classified a hurricane at 5am Pacific on Saturday. 
 
Sunday into Monday waves as high as 20 feet were expected. Hawaii officials urged residents to prepare. 
 
Meanwhile, Hurricane Jimena in the Pacific Ocean – about 1,900 miles to the southeast of the Big Island of Hawaii – was moving to the west-northwest at a speed of nine miles an hour, according to the National Weather Service.
 
The Category Four hurricane poses no immediate threat to land, according to the Weather Service. 
 
It is expected to remain a major hurricane through Monday.
Courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

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