Hawaii tourists warned, airline cancellation expected, harbor closure

HAWAII - In preparation for Tropical Storm Flossie, which is headed to Hawaii and expected to make landfall tomorrow morning, Hawaii’s Governor has signed an Emergency Proclamation.

Hawaii tourists warned, airline cancellation expected, harbor closure

HAWAII – In preparation for Tropical Storm Flossie, which is headed to Hawaii and expected to make landfall tomorrow morning, Hawaii’s Governor has signed an Emergency Proclamation. Tourists are warned to stay tuned to radio and television stations to stay up-to-date and to heed warnings and advisories.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority said in a release: We ask that all visitors and residents adhere to all warnings and alerts issued by the National Weather Service, Civil Defense, and the counties.

Some airlines have begun announcing flight adjustments. Visitors should contact their airlines and hotels to confirm their travel plans.

The Coast Guard in Honolulu said tonight it is closing the ports of Hilo and Kawaihae on the Big Island and Kahului, Maui, to all traffic starting midnight Sunday

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Governor Neil Abercrombie said: “The purpose of signing this proclamation is to ensure that state agencies have full powers necessary to best protect and serve the people of Hawaii. All parts of our emergency response system for the entire state are working together.”

The proclamation provides certain authorities that will allow the state to more effectively prepare for the arrival of TS Flossie, expected to make landfall Monday morning on the eastern end of Hawaii Island. Local, state, and federal governmental agencies and non-profit partners are coordinating and working together to minimize the impact of the projected high wind, waves and torrential rain.

The emergency proclamation covers such items as access to the major disaster fund to cover staff overtime and other expenses, allowing emergency procurement of needed supplies and resources, as well as activation of the National Guard, if needed.

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