The first tropical storm of the 2014 Central Pacific hurricane season is now a post-tropical remnant low, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.
At 5 p.m. Friday, Wali was about 715 miles east-southeast of Hilo. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to 30 mph.
Its present movement is northwest near 12 mph. This motion is expected to continue until Wali dissipates within 36 hours, according to forecasters. Click here for a storm track.
The threat for heavy rain is still likely. Forecasters are predicting 3-to-6-inches of rain and maybe up to a foot. Thunderstorms are possible. A flash flood watch will be posted for the state from 6 p.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Monday.
The Big Island and Maui are set to get rain Saturday afternoon and evening. The other islands will get it overnight on Saturday into Sunday. Along with the rain, it will be very humid.
According to the Hawaiian Dictionary, wali means "Smooth, thin, as poi; fine, mashed, soft, powdery, supple, limber, as a dancer's body."
The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, formerly known as State Civil Defense, along with the county civil defense agencies are closely monitoring the situation. HI-EMA encourages members of the public to be alert and to take appropriate precautions.
The following are recommended actions to prepare for Wali and other heavy rain events:
- Have redundant means of warning (e.g., sign up for local notification systems and get a battery or crank-operated radio). Information on local emergency notification systems can be found at:
- Kauai – www.kauai.gov
- Oahu – www.nixle.com
- Maui – www.co.maui.hi.us/list.aspx
- Hawaii Island – Email firstname.lastname@example.org and request enrollment to the emergency notification system. Include your mobile phone number.
- Find out if you live or work in a flood zone by checking sites like www.floodsmart.gov.
- Make sure drainage systems on or near your property are properly maintained.
- Monitor local news broadcasts for the latest information.