Preparing for the 2014 Central Pacific Basin hurricane season

  • Floods - Southern, United States

    5 minutes ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 6.7 - 9km NNE of Doganyol, Turkey

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    26 minutes ago WARNING

  • Flood - Osceola, AR Region, United States

    31 minutes ago WARNING

  • Floods - Central, United States

    31 minutes ago WARNING

  • Flood - Jesup, GA Region, United States

    35 minutes ago WARNING

  • Highsurf - Advisory (Hawaiian Islands)

    38 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    1 hour ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 6.1 - 57km W of Amatignak Island, Alaska

    19 hours ago WATCH

  • Flood - Ligonier, IN Region, United States

    59 minutes ago WARNING

  • Flood - Charleston, MO Region, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Flood - Lake Charles, LA Region, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Flood - Beardstown, IL Region, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Flood - Carlyle, IL Region, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - SE of Faranah - Guinea

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NE of Yakossi, Mbomou - Central African Republic

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - W of Yei, Central Equatoria - South Sudan

    2 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - NW of Lokoja, Kogi - Nigeria

    2 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Asosan, Japan

    2 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - SE of Cooma, New South Wales - Australia

    2 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Ebeko, Russia

    2 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - Galvarino Commune, Chile

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.7 - 61km W of Amatignak Island, Alaska

    3 hours ago WATCH

  • Tsunami (AK/BC/US West Coast) - 65 miles SE of Amchitka, Alaska - 5.5

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Tropical Cyclone - Diane

    5 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Tropical Cyclone - Esami

    6 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - 15km E of Kirkagac, Turkey

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.3 - 33km W of Villazon, Bolivia

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - Southwest Indian Ridge

    8 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Kuchinoerabujima, Japan

    9 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Tropical Cyclone - Twelve

    12 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Highsurf - Warning (Hawaiian Islands)

    12 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - East of the North Island of New Zealand

    16 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - 48km W of Amatignak Island, Alaska

    16 hours ago WATCH

  • Tsunami (AK/BC/US West Coast) - 60 miles SE of Amchitka, Alaska - 5.0

    17 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - 56km W of Amatignak Island, Alaska

    18 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Tsunami (AK/BC/US West Coast) - 65 miles SE of Amchitka, Alaska - 5.0

    18 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.3 - 54km W of Amatignak Island, Alaska

    19 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Tsunami (AK/BC/US West Coast) - 70 miles SE of Amchitka, Alaska - 5.1

    19 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Tsunami (AK/BC/US West Coast) - 65 miles SE of Amchitka, Alaska - 5.6

    19 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Novel Coronavirus – China

    1 week ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.3 - 63km W of Amatignak Island, Alaska

    22 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Taal, Philippines

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Tsunami (AK/BC/US West Coast) - 60 miles SE of Amchitka, Alaska - 5.7

    22 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Nishinoshima, Japan

    1 day ago ADVISORY

  • Yellow Fever - Nigeria

    1 month ago ADVISORY

  • Measles Outbreak - Democratic Republic of the Congo

    2 weeks ago INFORMATION

  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo/Uganda

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevados de Chillán, Chile

    2 days ago ADVISORY

  • Avalanche - Montana, United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Huanuco, Peru

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Arequipa, Peru

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Eastern Bolivia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Northern Madagascar

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Avalanches - Northern India

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Mexico

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Southern Switzerland

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Spain

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Western Portugal

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southwestern France

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Yukon, Canada

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Colorado, United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Northwestern United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Nunavut, Canada

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Glacier National Park, Canada

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Peru

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Thailand

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Kerinci, Indonesia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangeang Api, Indonesia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    3 days ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Klyuchevskoy, Russia

    3 days ago ADVISORY

  • Avalanche - Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Brazil

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Tanzania, Zambia, DR Congo

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Zimbabwe and Mozambique

    4 days ago WATCH

  • Floods - Northwestern Angola

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Central Asia

    4 days ago WATCH

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 6.4 - 8km S of Indios, Puerto Rico

    2 weeks ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Guatemala

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mitchell, SD Region, United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Dengue Outbreak - Philippines

    3 weeks ago INFORMATION

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May 26, 2014

Between June 1 and November 30, the State of Hawaii faces increased risk from potential impacts of hurricanes. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) Outlook for the 2014 Central Pacific Basin hurricane season, climate experts predict four to seven tropical cyclones, with an 80 percent chance of normal or above normal cyclonic activity.

The average season sees four to five tropical cyclones, which includes tropical depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes. The CPHC outlook also states that El Niño conditions are expected to develop during the summer. In fact, since March, the NOAA Climate Prediction Center (CPC) has issued El Niño watches indicating a potential increase in hurricane threats, as well as drought-like conditions for Hawaii.

El Niño conditions are indicated when average sea surface temperatures (SST) are at least 0.5°C above average for three consecutive months. These elevated SSTs allow the atmosphere to warm, and cause instability. In May, experts at the CPC projected a 65 percent chance that El Niño conditions will develop in the central and eastern Pacific this year. However, forecasters say it is still too early to determine whether that means there will be more cyclones near Hawaii. NOAA issued a “watch” to give decision makers advance warning for long-term planning.

One week prior to the start of the Central Pacific hurricane season, the State observes Hurricane Preparedness Week in order to increase awareness and promote preparedness. This year, the activity in Hawaii runs concurrently with National Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 25–31. During Hurricane Preparedness Week, PDC encourages communities, families, and individuals to take the necessary steps to be prepared for the storm systems ahead. Families and individuals can take advantage of a variety of resources PDC provides to help you stay safe and keep your family safe. You can take action and learn more about tropical cyclones and their associated hazards, create and rehearse a family disaster plan, and put together a disaster supply kit. When a potentially dangerous storm enters the Central Pacific, you can keep up-to-date with the Disaster Alert mobile app, or monitor it using Global Hazards Atlas and view bulletins associated with the storm on Weather Wall.

Preparedness and early warning are essential and they do save lives. Always stay tuned to official information sources and heed instructions from State and County Civil Defense agencies.

For more information on the 2014 hurricane season outlook:
• Visit NOAA’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center page,
• Read Hawaii News Now articles about the El Nino watch,
• See a Star Advertiser article focusing on El Niño predictions,
• Visit the NWS Climate Prediction Center,
• Visit NOAA’s National Hurricane Center, and
• Refer to NOAA’s explanation of the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

More resources for hurricane safety and preparedness:
• Hawaii Hazards Awareness & Resilience Program (HHARP) to enhance community resilience,
• Read about how parents can help kids learn about disaster preparedness, and
• Find out about Hawaii’s Statewide Hurricane Preparedness Exercise.

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