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Coast Guard reopens Hawaii island ports; Kahului port still closed

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 2:04 a.m. HST, Jul 30, 2013

The Coast Guard in Honolulu reopened the ports of Hilo and Kawaihae on the Big Island this afternoon after closing them Sunday night because of the threat of Flossie. 

The Kahului, Maui port still remains closed to all traffic.

Capt. Shannon Gilreath, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, continued to urged local mariners to to remain vigilant to forecasts for Tropical Storm Flossie.

The Coast Guard urged mariners and residents to remember these guidelines:

>> Stay informed: Mariners should monitor the progress and strength of the storm through newspapers, the internet and local television and radio stations. Boaters can monitor the storm's progress on VHF channel 16. Small craft advisories and warnings are also broadcast on VHF channel 16.

>> Evacuate as necessary: Mariners are urged to heed evacuation orders. Coast Guard personnel and other emergency responders may not be able to assist mariners in danger during a storm. If you cannot evacuate, ensure that your vessel has proper communication equipment, an electronic position indicating radio beacon, flares and lifesaving equipment that is in good working order and navigate your vessel to a harbor of safe refuge.

>> Secure your boats and boating equipment: Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to protected marinas where they will be less likely to break free of their moorings or to be otherwise damaged. Trailerable boats should be pulled from the water and stored in a place that is not prone to flooding. Those mariners who leave their boats in the water are reminded to secure life rings, life jackets and tenders.

>> Be cautious of hazardous materials: If you have hazardous materials on or near the water, you are responsible for any spills that may occur. Take the necessary precautions to secure these materials prior to any foul weather.

>> Stay clear of beaches: Even the best swimmers can fall victim to the strong waves and rip currents caused by storms. Swimmers are urged to stay clear of beaches until local officials say the water is safe.

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