September 12, 2018 | Capt Herrington, HIWG PAO

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Tropical Storm Olivia is moving through Maui County this morning, and Hawaii Wing Civil Air Patrol has shifted from pre-landfall mission execution to post-storm mission planning.

Yesterday, Hawaii Wing completed potentially life-saving tropical storm warning announcement flights around the islands of Molokai, Lanai, and Kauai. These flights are particularly important for residents and visitors on remote coastlines who may not be aware of the storm’s approach and who may be faced with a day’s hike to safety.

1st Lieutenant Chris Mitchell, Commander of Hickam Composite Squadron, maintained communications between Hawaii Wing Headquarters on Oahu with the flight crew executing tropical storm warning flights over Molokai and Lanai on Tuesday.

Within the next 48 hours, Hawaii Wing anticipates completing post-landfall aerial photography over the Big Island and Maui. Incident command post staff on Oahu and the Big Island will be prioritizing target areas of potential flood impact as Olivia makes her way through the state today.

Col. Chantal Lonergan, Hawaii Wing Commander, praised the all-volunteer aircrews and incident command post staff for their dedication to Civil Air Patrol and its customers such as the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, stating, “Thanks to the efforts of our volunteer professionals, we will continue to serve as a force multiplier providing timely responses to our customers’ requests for aerial shoreline warnings, low route surveys, and key infrastructure photo reconnaissance.”