Hurricane Ana is approaching Hawaii, producing high waves along some shorelines, heavy rains that prompted a flood advisory, and winds strong enough for officials to urge caution.
The center of the powerful Pacific storm was about 155 miles southwest of the Big Island as it passed late Friday night and about 245 miles from Honolulu, the National Weather Service said.
There was little chance for hurricane conditions on the islands, but a tropical storm watch remained in effect throughout the archipelago and winds were expected to reach nearly 40 mph, forecasters said.
Waves were expected to crest to 10 to 15 feet on both the North and South shores of Hawaii’s islands late Saturday and to remain tall through Sunday.
Late Friday, the National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for parts of the Big Island until shortly after midnight, saying rain was falling in some areas at a rate of 2- to- 3-inches an hour.
Ana became a Category 1 hurricane earlier in the day when it was about 230 miles south of Hilo.
Hurricane Ana is approaching Hawaii with heavy rains that prompted a flood advisory (photo AP)
Shortly before midnight, it had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph and was churning along its course at 13 mph.
Swells were picking up on the Big Island’s south shores Friday afternoon, with 15-foot waves seen in Pohoiki Bay.
About 6 to 8 inches of rainfall were expected, although some isolated areas could get up to a foot of rain.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie proclaimed an emergency to help the state respond to the storm.
The Hawaii chapter of the American Red Cross planned to opened evacuation shelters on the Big Island at noon. Island Air planned to suspend its Maui and Lanai flights Saturday afternoon and all flights Sunday, but airports remained open.
On Oahu, buses and trash pickup remained on their normal schedule. Less rain was expected than previously predicted, but officials remained concerned about high surf, storm surge and flooding, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said.
Camping permits on Oahu were revoked for the weekend, but most parks remained open except for Hanauma Bay, which will be closed on Sunday.
The weather service issued a flash flood watch for the entire state from Friday through Sunday, indicating flooding is possible anywhere in the archipelago.
Ana (AH – nah) is expected to lose power as it moves northwest along the island chain.
Heidi Klum helped save her son Henry and two nannies from a terrifying riptide in Hawaii over Easter.
Supermodel Heidi Klum, 39, was relaxing in Hawaii on Easter Sunday with her children and boyfriend Martin Kristen when their holiday took a frightening turn for the worse.
She and her bodyguard lover were forced to rescue her 7-year-old son Henry and two of the family’s nannies when they got swept away in the ocean.
Heidi Klum was running towards to the water and dragging them from the surf to safety, moments after her boyfriend had pulled them from the waves.
Heidi Klum, her bodyguard turned boyfriend Martin Kristen and her four children had been holidaying in Honolulu for several days over the Easter break
The supermodel was walking along the sand before she realized that Henry was in trouble.
Breaking into a run, she started to point frantically at the water.
Wasting no time Martin Kristen immersed himself in the treacherous waves and began to pull Henry and the terrified looking nannies to safety.
It wasn’t long until Heidi Klum herself was at the water’s edge and dove right in to get stuck in with the rescue.
First Heidi Klum grabbed her eldest son who was struggling to stay above the surf, while Martin Kristen and one of the nannies crawled back on to the sand, visibly gasping for breath.
Satisfied that Henry was safe, she jumped back into the water and swam to rescue the other nanny.
Once safe, Martin Kristen and the nannies lay on the beach taking the time to catch their breath once again.
Speaking about the incident in a statement to Us Weekly Heidi Klum said: “We got pulled into the ocean by a big wave. Of course, as a mother, I was very scared for my child and everyone else in the water.
“Henry is a strong swimmer and was able to swim back to land. We were able to get everyone out safely.”
Heidi Klum, her bodyguard turned boyfriend Martin Kristen and her four children, Leni, 8, Henry, Johan, 6, and Lou, 3, had been holidaying in Honolulu for several days over the Easter break.
Bobby Brown has married his manager Alicia Etheridge on Monday in a small ceremony in Hawaii.
Bobby Brown’s wedding may seem abrupt considering the fact that ex-wife Whitney Houston died only months ago in February, but since he and Houston had been separated for several years prior to her death it isn’t all that shocking that on Monday Brown wed manager Alicia Etheridge in Hawaii.
According to People magazine, Bobby Brown and Alicia Etheridge took advantage of a New Edition performance in Honolulu to tie the knot on the Pacific island. The couple have got engaged (on stage) in 2010 and have one young son together.
Bobby Brown has married his manager Alicia Etheridge on Monday in a small ceremony in Hawaii
Bobby Brown, 43, also has a daughter, 19-year-old Bobbi Kristina, with Whitney Houston and three more from previous relationships.
Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown were married for 15 years, during which time Whitney became addicted to drugs and alcohol.
Bobby Brown has repeatedly denied that he introduced Whitney Houston to drugs.
Bobby Brown will marry his two-year long fiancée Alicia Etheridge in Hawaii on the weekend of June 15th.
Bobby Brown, 43, and his fiancée Alicia Etheridge – who have been engaged for two years and have a son Cassius, who will turn three later this month – will tie the knot in Honolulu on the same weekend he performs on the island with his band.
According to celebrity website TMZ, the New Edition musician will also fly out some of his family and friends to witness the ceremony he has dubbed his “big day”.
It is doubtful whether his estranged daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, 19, – his only child with former wife Whitney Houston – will attend.
Bobby Brown will marry his two-year long fiancée Alicia Etheridge in Hawaii on the weekend of June 15th
Although Bobby Brown has been engaged to Alicia Etheridge for two years, it was recently claimed he and Whitney Houston – who died in a Beverly Hills hotel room in February – had been planning to remarry in an intimate ceremony in Las Vegas with Bobbi Kristina as their only witness.
Author Derrick Handspike – who wrote Bobby Brown’s biography – said: “Bobby told me, <<Whitney and me are getting married again>>.
“They were planning a small wedding, probably in Las Vegas with just the two of them and their daughter Krissi. Bobby told me, <<The world may have thought we were history, but the reality is we were never really apart. We’ve never stopped loving each other>>.
“After his dad’s funeral in Boston in December he flew to Atlanta. For the next week Bobby holed up at Whitney’s home, where they rekindled their romance and their intimate relationship. They slept together in Whitney’s bedroom and talked about what kind of wedding they’d have.”