ARES Volunteers Stand Ready as Tropical Storm Ana Aims for Hawaii

ARES Volunteers Stand Ready as Tropical Storm Ana Aims for Hawaii

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Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers in Hawaii are on alert for possible activation as Tropical Storm Ana, which is forecast to become a Category 1 hurricane, bears down on the Hawaiian Islands. As of 1200 UTC on October 16, Ana was 740 miles southeast of Honolulu and moving at about 10 MPH with maximum sustained winds of 60 MPH. The storm is expected to reach the islands on Saturday. ARRL Pacific Section Manager Bob Schneider, AH6J, said he attended an informational meeting at Hawaii County Civil Defense on Wednesday and will attend another Thursday.

“All beaches, parks and schools are closed starting Friday, including Hawaii Volcano National Park,” Schneider told ARRL Headquarters. He said he expected to deploy Ham Aid equipment kits to several schools. The Ham Aid kits — sent in September from ARRL as a lava flow was threatening communities on the Big Island — include HF gear as well as VHF and UHF equipment. Schneider also cancelled two ARRL-sanctioned ham radio gatherings scheduled for Saturday — one on the Big Island and the other on Oahu.

“We are in tropical storm watch and expect to upgrade that Friday morning to a hurricane watch,” Schneider said. “A hurricane warning may also go up soon. The storm is wandering a little. I still expect it to become a Cat 1 hurricane with very heavy waves on the northeastern quadrant. I heard the mayor instruct the Kona people to be sure and get the surfers out of the water as he expected the Kailua-Kona beaches to be hit hardest.”

The National Weather Service Central Pacific Hurricane Center anticipates that the first significant swells from Ana will arrive late on Thursday, and large, potentially damaging surf will follow the next day. The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency was advising residents of Punalu‘u, Kalapana, Pohoiki, and Kapoho to take precautions and move to higher ground.

The NWS has issued a flash flood watch for Hawaii Island from noon Friday through 6 PM Sunday, with forecasts of 10 to 15 inches of rain, and locally up to 20 inches along southeast-facing slopes. The heavy rain raises the possibility of landslides in areas of steep terrain


via ARES Volunteers Stand Ready as Tropical Storm Ana Aims for Hawaii.


As of 1100 hrs Hawaii Standard Time (2100 UTC), 16 October 2014, Tropical Storm Ana is approximately 500 miles southeast of Hawaii Island, tracking slowly to the northwest at 10 mph.  The storm, packing 60 mph + winds and heavy showers is expected to pass just below South Point, Hawaii Island, sometime late Friday night or early Saturday morning.  ARES members on Hawaii Island are standing by to provide communications support to Hawaii Civil Defense, the American Red Cross, and area hospitals.  High surf is expected to cause flooding in low-lying areas of Hawaii Island.

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

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