The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through its Pacific Area office in Honolulu, continues to monitor the conditions of Tropical Storm Flossie and remains in close coordination with Hawaiian officials.
According to the National Weather Service, a tropical storm warning is in effect for Hawaii county and Maui county, including the islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Oahu. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the next 36 hours somewhere within the specified areas. Tropical storms often bring strong winds, storm surge accompanied by dangerous waves, significant rainfall and the risk for flash flooding in many areas.
"Residents and visitors to the Hawaiian Islands should closely monitor the storm and take steps now to be prepared," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. "Stay away from flood waters, never drive through flooded roadways and follow the direction of emergency officials."
Residents and visitors to the Hawaiian Islands should:
Listen to the instructions of local officials. Local officials make decisions on sheltering in place or going to your pre-designated safe meeting location.
Have important supplies ready to sustain you and your family, if needed. This includes water, a battery-powered radio, flashlight, extra batteries, cell phone charger, medicines, non-perishable food, and first aid supplies.
Stay up-to-date with the latest forecast. Follow local radio and TV reports, as well as forecasts from the National Weather Service, weather.gov.
FEMA also continues to monitor the remnants of Tropical Storm Dorian through its Caribbean Area office in Puerto Rico, and remains in close coordination with commonwealth and territory officials.
FEMA encourages the public to remain vigilant, to continue monitoring these storms and to use this opportunity to reassess their readiness for the 2013 hurricane season. For more information on preparing for hurricanes and other disasters, and what you can do to protect yourself and your family, visit www.Ready.gov or www.listo.gov on the Internet. Information regarding emergency preparedness and what to do before and after a disaster can also be found at m.fema.gov or by downloading the FEMA app from your smartphone's app store.