Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced Tuesday afternoon that the city doesn’t have plans to open emergency shelters for Tropical Storm Guillermo because it is expected to pass north of the islands.
Although the storm isn’t expected to be severe, Caldwell cautioned that Hawaii is still less than halfway through its hurricane season and another potential storm is forming.
He said it’s important to be vigilant and prepared and ensure you have enough water, food, flashlights and batteries.
That’s a lesson being felt acutely across the Pacific in Saipan this week, where hundreds of residents lost their homes due to Typhoon Soudelor.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell talks about Tropical Storm Guillermo in the city’s Emergency Operations Center.
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Caldwell said that Guillermo is expected to bring 10- to 20-mph wind with gusts up to 30 mph to Oahu on Thursday morning.
The island is expecting 1 to 4 inches of rain, with and up to 5 inches at higher elevations. The surf will be 6-10 feet, Caldwell said.
Residents who want to stay updated can sign up for the city’s emergency notifications by texting their zip code to 888-777 or visiting www.nixle.com.
The city also encourages residents to download its newly released Ready Hawaii app.
Watch the mayor’s news conference below:
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