Hawaii Wing Civil Air Patrol launches aircraft to assist Hawaii Emergency Management Agency with response to potentially severe weather impacts from Hurricane Douglas
HONOLULU – At the request of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, Hawaii Wing Civil Air Patrol (CAP) launched two aircraft this afternoon to provide coastal notifications and assessments for Maui County – Maui Island, Lanai, and Kahoolawe – as well as Molokai coastlines with an emphasis on beaches and camping areas.
With the islands of Hawaii, Oahu, and Maui County currently under a Hurricane Watch, Hawaii Wing CAP aircrews will provide public announcement warnings along the coastline, obtain visual headcounts of citizens who may need to be moved to higher ground, and to identify hazards, unsecured vessels, and populations in order to target efforts in response to the upcoming storm.
Douglas is expected to approach the Hawaiian Islands on Saturday night or early Sunday with hurricane conditions. It is expected to pass through or near the island chain as a strong tropical storm Sunday and Monday.