Hawaii emergency officials getting ready for Wali

By Pete Caggiano, pcaggiano@kitv.com
Published On: Jul 17 2014 06:21:25 PM HST

State emergency officials are keeping a close eye on the first named storm of the 2014 hurricane season, Tropical Storm Wali.

HONOLULU -

Hawaii Emergency Management officials at Diamond Head are getting ready for the first named storm of the 2014 hurricane season -- Tropical Storm Wali.

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Wali is likely to lose its tropical status before arriving in Hawaii, but is expected to bring heavy rains to the state and Emergency Management officials are gearing up.

While not definite, depending on the track and intensity, the remnants of Wali have the potential to bring 10-to-20-inches of rain to some locations.  With a flash flood watch in effect from Saturday evening to Monday evening, officials from Emergency Management Center want to make sure you're prepared for the increased rainfall.

"Maybe go and see if there are any big branches and stuff," said Shelly Kunishige of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.  "Debris in that area.  Making sure water can get off your property as soon as possible.  Checking your gutters and having a plan to evacuate if there is a flash flood for your area."

The Big Island is especially vulnerable after last weekend's rains.  Hawaii County emergency officials say they are concerned that the rain-soaked ground will enhance flooding.  The National Weather Service in Honolulu echoed those concerns saying that even though Wali will not be tropical when it arrives, it will still bring major rain impacts to the region.

So, those in flood-prone areas should get prepared.

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