Maui Engulfed by Wildfires Fueled by Hurricane Dora

Replace August 9 at 5:20 p.m. EST:
Devastating wildfires which were fueled by hurricane winds have killed a number of on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Emergency responders are overwhelmed by the devastation. Maui County Mayor Richard Bissen confirmed throughout a press conference at this time that the fires have killed a minimum of 6 folks in Maui.  

“We’re nonetheless in a search and rescue mode, so I don’t know what is going to occur to that quantity,” Bissen mentioned in the course of the press convention.

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Wildfires are raging all through the Hawaiian island of Maui, forcing evacuations, emergency service outages, energy outages, and downed bushes. The flames have unfold shortly, and Maui residents have needed to throw themselves into the ocean to flee the fires, CNN reported.

Virtually 20% of Maui is at the hours of darkness. Greater than 14,000 prospects of the islands 72,500 prospects are presently with out energy, in accordance with knowledge from Poweroutage.us. The flames have additionally downed cellphone towers, which has shut down 911 service on the west aspect of the island. Landlines are solely working inside native areas, a spokesperson with the Maui Emergency Administration Company advised CNN.

“For emergencies name the Lahaina Police Division immediately at (808) 661-4441,” the Hawaii Emergency Administration Company announced a couple of hours in the past.

Hospitals and different emergency suppliers are presently overwhelmed with the variety of folks coming in with burns and well being issues from smoke inhalation, in accordance with a CNN alert.

“We’re already in communication with different hospital programs about relieving the burden—the truth is that we have to fly folks out of Maui to present them burn help as a result of Maui hospital can’t do in depth burn therapy,” Hawaii’s performing Governor Sylvia Luke mentioned. “We’re coping with main transportation points.”

Robust winds from close by hurricane Dora have fueled the flames which have overtaken the island, particularly within the Lahaina space. Movies uploaded to Twitter present how flames and smoke have engulfed streets in West Maui.

One other video exhibits what Entrance Road, a well-liked buying space in Lahaina, seems to be like from afar.

The Maui Emergency Administration Company introduced shelters for residents who’ve been displaced by the fires, in accordance with a tweet from yesterday. Residents had been suggested to carry meals and blankets and different requirements to the shelters.

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