Classes at UH Hilo cancelled as Hurricane Lane approaches Big Island

Editor-in-Chief Peter Holden Chao
Aug 22, 2018

An image of Hurricane lane and its path into the hawaiian islands Photo Courtesy of NWS Central Pacific Hurricane Center

An email from the University of Hawai`i at Hilo’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs informed students the campus, all offices, and off-campus offices would be closed today Aug. 22 and tomorrow Aug. 23, 2018. All classes and events have also been cancelled for precautionary measures.

The email also said, “As of 8 a.m. 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.”

The National Weather Service issued a hurricane warning this morning at around 5:30 a.m. for multiple Big Island locations including Hilo, stating that the wind speeds could reach anywhere from 20-30 mph with some gusts reaching as high as 45 mph.

The warning went on to list other potential hazards such as damage to roofing, uprooted trees, fences and roadway signs being blown over, debris in the road, power outages, storm surges, and flooding among others. Areas with the highest risk are places that are low-lying and near shores and rivers.

According to the National Weather Service as the storm approaches ensure that you are careful walking and driving, close shutters and avoid sitting near windows, be sure to charge devices in case of power outages, restock your emergency preparedness kit, and create plans to communicate with family in the case of evacuation of emergency.

For more information visit: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/cphc/tcpages/?storm=Lane
Additional information on hurricane preparedness can be found at https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes
To sign up for emergency text alerts visit: http://www.hawaii.edu/alert