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<br /> <br />Wil Okabe <br /> <br />Managing Director <br /> <br /> <br />Harry Kim <br />Mayor <br /> <br />Barbara J. Kossow <br /> Deputy Managing Director <br /> <br />County of Hawai‘i <br />Office of the Mayor <br />25 Aupuni Street, Suite 2603  Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720  (808) 961-8211  Fax (808) 961-6553 <br />KONA: 74-5044 Ane Keohokālole Hwy., Bldg C  Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i 96740 <br />(808) 323-4444  Fax (808) 323-4440 <br /> <br />August 5, 2108 <br /> <br />NEWS RELEASE <br /> <br />Hawai'i County is Preparing for Approach of Hurricane Hector <br /> <br />The County of Hawai’i is preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Hector in the Central <br />Pacific region later this week. <br /> <br />County, Federal and State agencies, along with private entities, met on Sunday at the <br />Civil Defense Agency’s Emergency Operations Center for an orientation briefing. <br /> <br />Mayor Harry Kim said the session was aimed at getting staff familiar with the <br />background regarding the storm, which was approaching the 140-degree longitude <br />boundary into the Central Pacific. <br /> <br />According to the National Weather Service, the earliest reasonable onset of effects on <br />Hawai'i Island will be sometime on Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. <br /> <br />Civil Defense will keep the community informed through regular updates. We continue <br />24-hour operation to monitor the eruption in the Lower East Rift Zone and the hurricane. <br /> <br />County of Hawai‘i is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer. <br />