Hawaii governor makes disaster proclamation amid dual storm threat

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Aug. 7, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie has signed an emergency proclamation as it braces for back-to-back hurricanes.

Weather experts say Hurricane Iselle looks like it will hit the big island Thursday night.

Then there’s the less threatening Hurricane Julio, due a few days later.

Governor Abercrombie’s emergency proclamation gives the government access to the state’s disaster funds.

Red Cross shelters have already opened to deal with the once in a generation pair of storms.

A national weather service forecaster gave his prediction of what Hawaiians should expect to see.

“As far as storm surge goes where the ocean — the wind blows the ocean onto the land, for eastern-facing portions of the islands and even portions of. Or big island, maybe one to two feet of storm surge is what we’re looking at right now. So there could be some potential issues when the storm comes ashore for prone areas near the shore, maybe some water getting in. Especially for those east-facing areas of the islands.” Mike Cantin of National Weather Service said.

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