JUST IN: State of Emergency Declared In Hawaii

Anyone that has lived through a massive hurricane can tell you that there are no more nerve wracking moments than right before the storm.

At that point, one move of the storm one inch to the left or right could significantly impact the rest of your life.

In the continental United States, there are almost always people that when it comes time for a hurricane they board up their houses and head for safer locales. That being said, what do you do when there’s nowhere to go?

Gov. Ige signed an emergency proclamation that will provide relief for disaster damages, losses and suffering caused by Hurricane Lane.

The proclamation also serves to protect the health, safety and welfare of Hawai‘i residents and visitors.

Based on the scientific information and expertise available, Hawai‘i is in danger of being significantly impacted by Hurricane Lane, whether or not the hurricane directly hits the state.

The counties of Hawai‘i, Maui, Kalawao, Kaua‘i and the City and County of Honolulu are in danger of experiencing high winds, heavy rains, high surf, storm surges and flooding that threaten to harm communities and cause extensive damage to public and private property across the state.

The proclamation declares the counties of Hawai‘i, Maui, Kalawao, Kaua‘i and the City and County of Honolulu disaster areas for the purpose of implementing emergency management functions.

The proclamation also authorizes the expenditure of state monies as appropriated for the speedy and efficient relief of damages, losses, and suffering resulting from Hurricane Lane.

“This emergency proclamation allows us to line up services and necessary resources prior to the event so that we can keep our communities safe and running as efficiently as possible,” said Gov. Ige.

“Hurricane Lane is not a well- behaved hurricane. I’ve not seen such dramatic changes in the forecast track as I’ve seen with this storm. I urge our residents and visitors to take this threat seriously and prepare for a significant impact.”

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