As Tropical Storm Flossie nears Hilo, HI, American Red Cross volunteers are opening and supporting shelters and readying supplies. People in need of shelter information should download the Red Cross Hurricane App or check the Hawaii Red Cross Facebook page.
Just over 200 miles west of the Big Island, Tropical Storm Flossie is expected to make landfall this evening, bringing heavy rain, high winds and dangerous surf conditions to the islands. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Hawaii County and Maui county, including the islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe. The state closed the bus system on Hawaii Island and will reopen it when weather conditions are safe.
A tropical storm watch is in effect for Oahu. Tropical storm conditions are also possible on Kauai and Niihau tonight, lasting into Tuesday.
In the Atlantic, a low pressure system is also putting residents of Puerto Rico and the Turks and Caicos Islands on alert. The remnants of Tropical Storm Dorian are producing an area of cloudiness and disorganized thunderstorms hundreds of miles north of the Leeward Islands.
This system has a 50 percent chance of becoming tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours as it moves westward at 15 to 20 mph. The disturbance is expected to pass well to the north of Puerto Rico today and move across the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Supplies to Pack
With the threat of heavy rain for the Hawaiian Islands, flooding is possible. Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters. The Red Cross recommends steps people can take now to prepare for the storm. People will be better prepared to withstand a flood if they:
Responding During a Flood
In case of a flood, residents should: