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December 28, 2004





     The National Weather Service in Honolulu today issued a Special Weather Statement alerting residents to the possibility that high winds with gusts in excess of 60 MPH or more and heavy showers could affect Oahu Thursday night through Sunday.  Gusts of this magnitude are similar in scale to those produced during a Tropical Storm.


     Although the winds and showers are not forecast for several days, residents should consider the following protective actions in anticipation of possible severe weather conditions:


        Tie down or bring loose objects indoors to minimize flying debris.

        Bring outdoor furniture indoors, or secure.

        Cut down rotted or loose branches on trees close to buildings.

        Minimize unnecessary travel.

        Monitor your news stations and be well informed of developing situations; watches and warnings may be issued.

        Keep a battery operated radio, flash light, and spare batteries accessible and on hand at home and work.

        Should you experience or observe severe damage from high winds or flooding rains call 911 immediately to report it.


     Remember that debris such as signs, roofing material, and small items left outside become flying missiles during high wind events.  Extensive damage to trees, towers, water and underground utility lines (from uprooted trees), and fallen poles can cause further disruption.




Tuesday, December 28, 2004

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