- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - The Hawaii chapter of the American Red Cross is opening evacuation shelters on the Big Island for an oncoming hurricane.

Tropical Storm Ana strengthened to a hurricane off the coast of Hawaii, in waters 230 miles south of Hilo Friday.

The Red Cross will be opening shelters across the island at noon Friday.

Because of Hawaii’s isolation, the Red Cross recommends bringing seven days’ of emergency supplies to shelters. The storm could damage airports and ports, which would delay merchandise arriving at local stores.

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