Maui Flash Flood Watch 02222013

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Posted on: February 22, 2013
Roads and Schools Open, Shelter Closed but FLASH FLOOD WATCH STILL IN EFFECT

Maui Civil Defense announced that there are no road closures Upcountry at this time according to Maui police. The roads are still wet and slick so please use caution when driving.

Also the Department of Education has announced no school closures. At this the the Red Cross emergency shelter at Hannibal Tavares Community Center is closed and residents have returned to their homes.

In the meantime please be aware that a FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT FOR MAUI AND THE BIG ISLAND…

AN UNSTABLE AIR MASS…TOGETHER WITH WATER VAPOR STREAMING FROM
THE EAST…WILL CONTINUE TO BRING HEAVY SHOWERS AND THE POSSIBILITY OF
THUNDERSTORMS TO MAINLY WINDWARD SLOPES OF MAUI AND THE BIG ISLAND THROUGH LATE TONIGHT.

* STREAMING HEAVY SHOWERS WILL RAISE A HIGH RISK OF FLOODING
MAINLY ALONG WINDWARD SLOPES…WHILE AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORMS
WILL THREATEN FLOODING ALONG LEE SLOPES.

* AVOID CAMPING OR HIKING NEAR STREAMS AND LOW-LYING FLOOD-PRONE
AREAS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD
TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS VERY DANGEROUS. REMEMBER
THAT IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE RAINING HEAVILY WHERE YOU ARE FOR A
FLASH FLOOD TO REACH YOU.

MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE IMMEDIATE
ACTION IF A FLASH FLOOD WARNING IS ISSUED.

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In 1995 At Maui High Performance Computing Center The Maui Scientific Analysis & Visualization of the Environment Program was first incubated. I was the principal investigator of this independant research project which was a joint development between MHPCC, Silicon Graphics Computers (SGI) & NKO.ORG. Using SGI Cosmo Worlds software, we pioneered the development of Internet based 3D virtual reality GIS based interactive worlds. In 1996 with a network of seven high performance SGI workstations we pioneered development of live streaming MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Real Video and QuickTime Streaming Server utilizing Kassenna MediaBase software. In Maui 2002 we pioneered and tested the first wireless live streaming video using laptop computers and Maui Sky Fiber's portable 3G wireless device. In Maui we pioneered live streaming video using usb modems from AT&T , Verizon as well as live streaming from iPhone 3 over 3G wireless networks. Today The Maui S.A.V.E. Program has diversified into storm tracking including visualization and analysis of large, memory-intensive gridded data sets such as the National Hurricane Center's wind speed probabilities. I volunteer my services to numerous Disaster Services Organizations. In June 2013 I returned from Hurricane Sandy deployment as a computer operations service associate with the Disaster Services Technology Group assisting as The American Red Cross migrated from a Disaster Response Operation to Long Term Recovery Operations. Pioneering the production/editing and Internet distribution of HD video to sites like Youtube.com and Vimeo.com we are shining the light towards environmental and peace efforts of humans across the globe. Since 1992 I have held the vision of establishing Maui, Hawaii as the environmental sciences center of the world. After His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet came to Maui This vision has expanded to establishing Maui as the environmental & peace center of the world.

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