The Big Island of Hawaii braces for landfall as weather forecasters warn residents of Hilo and surrounding areas to prepare for strong winds and tidal surges associated with Tropical Storm Darby.
A tropical storm warning has been issued for Hawaii and Maui Counties as Darby churns West-northwest. With winds of 40 to 50 mph and 3-5 inches of rain fall expected for much of the islands, some areas getting as much as 10 to 15 inches. Waves are expected to reach as high as 15 to 20 feet high on some parts of the Big Island.
Tropical Storm Darby has shifted slightly to the southwest compared to previous forecasts, increasing the risk of enhanced rainfall and winds across the eastern Hawaiian Islands this weekend, according to the Climate Prediction Center.
There are flash flood warnings in effect, with a threat of mud slides in some parts of the island. Residents are advised to limit travel across island and have fresh drinking water and food available in the event of closures.
Currently the Pacific Ocean is host to four tropical storms, with Tropical Storm Georgette following behind Darby, although not expected to pose any threats of land fall.
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