Though it’s not forecast to hit Maui County directly, Hurricane Ana could still bring a lot of moisture, wind and swell to us this weekend. To be safe, Haleakala National Park closed today at noon and will remain closed “until park managers can assess the safety conditions of the park’s roads, trails, campgrounds, and visitor centers,” according to a National Park Service press release sent out today.
All county campgrounds are closed today, and all county parks and rec facilities will close tomorrow. “The reopening of parks and facilities will depend on the actual impacts of the storm such as possible high surf, storm surge, heavy rains, flooding and other storm-related damage,” stated an Oct. 16 County of Maui news release.
As is usually the case in these times, the county has plenty of tips and precautions for residents:
- Secure loose objects in your yard and around your home that could potentially turn into flying debris.
- Stock up on food, water and medicine. The new recommendation by state emergency management officials is to have seven days of supplies on hand.
- Board up or cover windows if needed.
- Take your disaster kit with you should you need to evacuate to a designated shelter.
- Gas up your vehicles.
- Secure mooring or moving boats to a designated safe area well before the storm hits.
- Monitor the news for storm updates from the weather service and Maui County at Mauicounty.gov.
Click here for the National Weather Service’s Hurricane Ana updates and images.
Photo of most recent satellite image of Hurricane Ana: NOAA