Governor seeks presidential disaster declaration
While Hurricane Florence threatens vast devastation on America’s East Coast, in the Pacific, Hawaii has already been hit by Tropical Storm Olivia.
The storm, which was downgraded from a hurricane, roared into Hawaii’s island of Maui on Wednesday morning, bringing rains and 45-mph winds as it moves over the state’s main islands. The storm, which already passed over Lanai, is moving westward at 15 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.
The storm is expected to lash the islands for the next couple of days. Flash floods are expected, and the wind is much stronger near higher terrains.
Governor David Ige asked President Trump for “direct federal support from Department of Defense assets for strategic airlift between the islands; temporary power generation at evacuation centers; technical assistance related to points of distribution; and debris management action planning.”
Olivia is the second system to hit the Hawaiian Islands. Hurricane Lane dropped more than 50 inches of rain across the Big Island last month.
- For the safety of the people of Hawaii as they encounter Tropical Storm Olivia.
For the federal government’s resources as they deal with Olivia and Florence in the same week.