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Telescope staff secure facilities before storms in Hawaii

In this Sunday, July 14, 2019, file photo, the sun sets behind telescopes at the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. The man tasked with trying to find a way out of an impasse over the construction of a giant telescope in Hawaii says he met with Native Hawaiian leaders. But the only issue they reached a consensus on was to meet again. Photo: AP/ Caleb Jones
In this Sunday, July 14, 2019, file photo, the sun sets behind telescopes at the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. The man tasked with trying to find a way out of an impasse over the construction of a giant telescope in Hawaii says he met with Native Hawaiian leaders. But the only issue they reached a consensus on was to meet again.

Updated: August 01, 2019 07:22 AM

Staffers from existing telescopes on Hawaii's tallest peak traveled up the mountain to secure their facilities as two storms approach the islands.

East Asian Observatory Deputy Director Jessica Dempsey says seven vehicles carried staff to the telescopes on Wednesday.

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She says the observatories negotiated access through law enforcement because protesters continue to block the road to the summit to prevent construction of a large new telescope.

She says some staff moved telescope domes away from the direction of prevailing winds. Others disabled systems so they won't get as damaged if there's a prolonged power outage.

The protest is on its 17th day.

Hurricane Erick is expected to pass south of Hawaii later this week. Tropical Storm Flossie is forecast to approach the Big Island early next week.


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