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TS Flossie Threatens Heavy Rain, High Winds in Hawaiian Islands

Hurricane Preparedness
People in need of shelter information should download the Red Cross Hurricane App.

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:

  • Check emergency supplies and replace or restock needed items.
  • Have supplies packed and ready to go in case of an emergency evacuation.
  • Plan their evacuation route and destination.
  • Responding During a Flood

    In case of a flood, residents should:

  • Check the Red Cross Hurricane App for alerts.
  • Listen to area radio and television stations and a NOAA Weather Radio for possible flood warnings and reports of flooding in progress or other critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).
  • Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
  • If a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.
  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.
  • About the American Red Cross:
    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.