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Hurricane Lane updates

The University of Hawai‘i is closely monitoring Hurricane Lane.

Latest update: Sunday, Aug 26, 2018 at 9:08 a.m.

This weather event has concluded.

From the UH Hilo Office of the Interim Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs

UH Hilo seal, red lettering University of Hawaii and the state motto.Aloha UH Hilo Faculty, Staff, and Students:

Please be informed that all classes and offices will resume normal operations on Monday, August 27, 2018.

Select units are opening up this weekend, including the Student Life Center, which opened Saturday, August 25.

Campus experienced a significant amount of rain, and some offices in College Hall C experienced flooding.  We will continue to assess building and grounds conditions through the week.  Should you experience or identify problems in your respective work areas, please submit a work order request.

Mahalo.

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Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, 9:57 a.m.

From the UH Hilo Office of the Interim Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs

Photo of hurricane blown palms, with the word "Ready" and a check mark in the left top cornerIn anticipation of Hurricane Lane, please be advised that the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo campus, offices, and off-campus locations will remain closed through Sunday, August 26, 2018, for precautionary measures. All classes and events are cancelled through August 26. A decision on UH Hilo athletic events will be made later today as we monitor weather and facility conditions.

Students and employees are advised to stay at home. For students in residence halls, live-in staff members are available to provide assistance.

Hurricane Lane is a Category 4 hurricane, and is moving northwest and expected to turn north towards the Hawaiian Islands today. On the forecast track, the center of Hurricane Lane will pass close to Hawai‘i and Maui counties on Thursday and Friday.

Additional information can be found at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center website.

All members of the UH community are encouraged to sign up for UH Alert to receive emergency text alerts. If you have already signed up, log in to ensure that your contact information is up to date.

Information on hurricane preparedness can be found at the national public website on hurricanes.

The UH Hilo Emergency Guidebook App is also now available and may be downloaded.

We continue to monitor Hurricane Lane and are working closely with Hawai‘i County Civil Defense as well as other county and state agencies to remain prepared and informed.

Updates will also be posted on the UH Hilo home webpage, Facebook and Twitter.

Mahalo, and stay safe.

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Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, 10:07 a.m.

From the UH Hilo Office of the Interim Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs

Aloha UH Hilo Faculty, Staff, and Students:

Photo of hurricane blown palms, with the word "Ready" and a check mark in the left top cornerIn anticipation of Hurricane Lane, please be advised that the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo campus, offices, and off-campus locations will be closed on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 thru Thursday, August 23, 2018, for precautionary measures. All classes and events (including sporting events) are cancelled for August 22 and August 23.

Students and employees are advised to stay at home. For students in residence halls, live-in staff members are available to provide assistance.

Hurricane Lane is a Category 4 hurricane, and is moving west and expected to turn toward the Hawaiian Islands today. On the forecast track, the center of Hurricane Lane will pass close to Hawai‘i and Maui Counties on Thursday.

Additional information can be found at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center website.

All members of the UH community are encouraged to sign up for UH Alert to receive emergency text alerts. If you have already signed up, log in to ensure that your contact information is up to date.

Information on hurricane preparedness can be found at the national public website on hurricanes.

The UH Hilo Emergency Guidebook App is also now available and may be downloaded.

We continue to monitor Hurricane Lane and are working closely with Hawai‘i County Civil Defense as well as other county and state agencies to remain prepared and informed.

Updates will also be posted on the UH Hilo home webpage, Facebook and Twitter.

Mahalo, and stay safe.

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Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, 8:34 a.m.

From the UH Hilo Office of the Interim Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs

Aloha UH Hilo Faculty, Staff, and Students:

Photo of hurricane blown palms, with the word "Ready" and a check mark in the left top cornerAs a reminder, in anticipation of Hurricane Lane, the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo campus, offices, and off-campus locations will be closed today, Wednesday, August 22, 2018, until further notice, for precautionary measures.  All classes and events (including sporting events) are cancelled for August 22.

Please be advised that as of 8 am today, August 22, a Hurricane Warning has been issued for Hawai’i County.  A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, and is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

Hurricane Lane is a Category 4 hurricane, and is moving west and expected to turn toward the Hawaiian Islands on today.  On the forecast track, the center of Hurricane Lane will pass close to Hawai’i and Maui Counties on Thursday.

As of 8 am today, the center of Hurricane Lane was located approximately 305 miles south of Kailua-Kona, with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour with occasional higher gusts.

Forecasters note that hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.

Possible impacts include:

  • Wind:  Tropical storm conditions are expected within the Hurricane Warning area beginning late Wednesday night into early Thursday morning, with hurricane conditions expected somewhere within the warning area on Thursday. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the Hurricane Watch area beginning Thursday into Thursday night, with hurricane conditions possible late Thursday night into Friday.
  • Rainfall:  Excessive rainfall associated with Hurricane Lane is expected to affect portions of the Hawaiian Islands from late Wednesday into the weekend, leading to flash flooding and landslides. Hurricane Lane is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches with isolated amounts greater than 20 inches over the Hawaiian Islands.
  • Surf:  Large swells generated by Hurricane Lane will impact the Hawaiian Islands, beginning tonight on the Big Island, spreading across the remainder of the island chain on Wednesday. These swells will produce large and potentially damaging surf along exposed west, south and east facing shorelines.

Additionally, information on hurricane preparedness can be found at the national public website on hurricanes.

The UH Hilo Emergency Guidebook App is also now available and may be downloaded.

We continue to monitor Hurricane Lane and are working closely with Hawai‘i County Civil Defense as well as other county and state agencies to remain prepared and informed.

Updates will also be posted on the UH Hilo home webpage, Facebook and Twitter.

Mahalo, and stay safe.

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Aug. 21, 2018

6:21 p.m. update from the UH Hilo Office of the Interim Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs

Aloha UH Hilo Faculty, Staff, and Students:

Photo of hurricane blown palms, with the word "Ready" and a check mark in the left top cornerIn anticipation of Hurricane Lane, please be advised that the State of Hawai‘i announced that all government offices and facilities on Maui and Hawai‘i Island are closed beginning Wednesday, August 22, due to the threat of Hurricane Lane.

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo campus, offices, and off-campus locations on Hawai‘i Island will be closed on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, for precautionary measures.  All classes and events (including sporting events) are cancelled for August 22.

Students and employees are advised to stay at home. For students in residence halls, live-in staff members are available to provide assistance.

Hurricane Lane is a Category 4 hurricane, and is moving west and expected to turn toward the Hawaiian Islands on Wednesday.  On the forecast track, the center of Hurricane Lane will pass close to Hawai‘i and Maui Counties on Thursday.

Additional information can be found at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center website.

All members of the UH community are encouraged to sign up for UH Alert to receive emergency text alerts. If you have already signed up, log in to ensure that your contact information is up to date.

Additionally, information on hurricane preparedness can be found at the national public website on hurricanes.

The UH Hilo Emergency Guidebook App is also now available and may be downloaded.

We continue to monitor Hurricane Lane and are working closely with Hawai‘i County Civil Defense as well as other county and state agencies to remain prepared and informed.

Updates will also be posted on the UH Hilo home webpage, Facebook and Twitter.

Mahalo, and stay safe.

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Aug. 21, 2018

12:50 p.m. update from the University of Hawai‘i System Offices

Photo of hurricane blown palms, with the word "Ready" and a check mark in the left top cornerThe University of Hawai‘i is closely monitoring Hurricane Lane.

Hurricane Lane is a category 4 storm and its current track has it moving dangerously close to the islands. Lane could make landfall on any or multiple islands, and could bring strong winds, heavy rains, flooding, high surf and storm surge.

It is of vital importance that all students, faculty and staff keep informed of the latest developments and prepare for the possibility of the need to shelter in place or move to a public shelter. Prepare yourself and your families for the potential effects of the storm. Officials recommend a 14-day emergency supply.

For those students in our residence halls, you will receive more specific communications and instructions from your respective student housing office. However, please do not hesitate to contact them with any questions or concerns at UH Mānoa: (808) 956-8177; UH Hilo (808) 932-7403.

Please follow the National Weather Service, other official agencies and local media for the latest weather news.

As Lane progresses, each campus will make decisions on whether to cancel classes and activities depending on local conditions.

All members of the UH community are urged to sign up for UH Alert to receive emergency text alerts. If you have already signed up, log in to ensure that your contact information is up-to-date.

Notifications affecting UH campuses will be posted on the Emergency Information webpage, as well as on social media:

Please stay informed and updated:

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Aug. 21, 2018

9:19 a.m. update from the UH Hilo Office of the Interim Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs

Aloha University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Faculty, Staff, and Students:

Photo of hurricane blown palms, with the word "Ready" and a check mark in the left top cornerPlease be advised that as of 8:00 a.m. today, Aug. 21, a Hurricane Watch has been issued for Hawai‘i County.  A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area, and is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm force winds.

Hurricane Lane is a Category 4 hurricane, and is moving west and expected to turn toward the Hawaiian Islands on Wednesday.  On the forecast track, the center of Hurricane Lane will pass close to Hawai‘i and Maui counties on Thursday.

As of 8:00 a.m. today, the center of Hurricane Lane was located approximately 450 miles south-southeast of Kailua-Kona, with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour with occasional higher gusts.

Forecasters note that hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.

Possible impacts include:

  • Wind:  Hurricane conditions are possible for Hawai‘i County on Thursday.
  • Rainfall:  Excessive rainfall associated with Lane is expected to affect portions of the Hawaiian Islands from Wednesday into the weekend, leading to flash flooding and landslides. Lane is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches over the Hawaiian Islands.
  • Surf: Large swells generated by Lane will impact the Hawaiian Islands this week. These swells will produce large and potentially damaging surf along exposed south and west facing shorelines.

Additional information can be found at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center website.

All members of the UH community are encouraged to sign up for UH Alert to receive emergency text alerts. If you have already signed up, log in to ensure that your contact information is up to date.

Additionally, information on hurricane preparedness can be found at the national public website on hurricanes.

The UH Hilo Emergency Guidebook App is also now available and may be downloaded.

We continue to monitor Hurricane Lane and are working closely with Hawai‘i County Civil Defense as well as other county and state agencies to remain prepared and informed.

Mahalo, and stay safe.

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