On Monday, the tropical storm system Komo was expected to make landfall in Kauai, but by Thursday it was making a rapid descent into the Pacific Ocean, bringing winds and heavy rain to the island.
The forecast is that it will eventually make landfall near the island of Maui.
The storm is forecast to be a Category 4 storm and is expected to continue to move south into the island and create a dangerous storm surge.
The National Weather Service warned that strong winds could blow from the southward and could be damaging to buildings.
But while the storm may have been expected to bring severe weather to the Hawaiian Islands, the National Weather Commission says that is not the case.
“We have no expectation that this will be a category 3 storm,” said weather service meteorologist Michael Waggoner.
Waggoni said the storm has the potential to bring significant flooding in the area and that could cause serious injuries or fatalities.
WAGNER: It is the first major hurricane in the history of the Pacific Northwest to make its way to Hawaii.
So that’s an important message.
KOMO IS IN TREATMENT KOMOSO’S HURRICANE STATUS: The National Hurricane Center has given the forecast for Komo’s path for Hawaii, but it is not a Category 3 storm.
It is forecast for winds of up to 70 kilometres per hour, with gusts of up.
It’s expected to move across the Pacific in the coming days, potentially causing some flooding.
The path of the storm is still uncertain.
In an email to CBC News, Waggonia said it’s possible the storm will be “extremely strong” by the time it reaches Hawaii, adding that the storm could “easily create a Category 2 storm in Hawaii.”
He said it could also create a category 4 storm or worse in the islands, but he said the likelihood of that happening is low.
Komo will continue to weaken over the next several days.
The main concern now is for the people of Kauai who are already in the path of this storm.
WAAGONO: That’s why we’ve got a curfew for the city of Kaua’i.
I know people are already concerned, and I’m going to be asking for the community to stay home for a few more days to help them recover.
WAMO: If you can’t get into Kauaʻi, you need to stay at home and watch the storm and stay safe.
If you do want to stay, I would urge you to make sure you take precautions like getting some extra layers and clothes.
KOREA: We’ve also got to help out our neighbors in the mainland and we need to support those who are impacted in Hawaii, as well.
But we’re also going to do everything we can to help those who live in the northern part of the island to have access to water, clean drinking water, medical supplies and food.
KIMO: It’s not going to stop until we have clean drinking, safe water.
We need to do our part.
I’m also just very proud that we have a President in President Obama who’s going to stand up to the storm.
This is going to continue.
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