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PHOTOS: Hurricane Lane Causes Hilo Flooding, Warning Extended

August 23, 2018, 12:45 PM HST (Updated August 23, 2018, 2:24 PM)
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The National Weather Service in Honolulu has extended the Flash Flood Warning for the island of Hawai‘i until 3:45 p.m.

Knee deep on Chongg Street, Aug. 23, 2018. PC: Damon Tucker

At 12:26 p.m., radar showed bands of heavy rain moving onshore from the southeast. Rain rates were 1 to 2 inches per hour. Civil Defense reported that Highway 270 remains closed near mile marker 24. Ka‘alaiki Road in the Ka‘ū District has also been closed. Heavy rain will continue to move over the Big Island through the rest of the afternoon and possibly longer.

House in Kaumana boarded up for Hurricane Lane, Aug. 23, 2018. PC: Damon Tucker

Locations in the warning include but are not limited to Hilo, Na‘alehu, Paauilo, Waipio Valley, Orchidland Estates, Haw‘i, Pepe‘ekeo, Kea‘au, Honoka‘a, Hawaiian Paradise Park, Pāhoa, Pahala, Laupahoehoe and Mountain View.

Carvalho Park flooding due to Hurricane Lane, Aug. 23, 2018. PC: Crystal Richard

Carvalho Park flooding due to Hurricane Lane, Aug. 23, 2018. PC: Crystal Richard

Carvalho Park flooding due to Hurricane Lane, Aug. 23, 2018. PC: Crystal Richard

Carvalho Park flooding due to Hurricane Lane, Aug. 23, 2018. PC: Crystal Richard

Carvalho Park flooding due to Hurricane Lane, Aug. 23, 2018. PC: Crystal Richard

Carvalho Park flooding due to Hurricane Lane, Aug. 23, 2018. PC: Crystal Richard

King Kam Avenue, Aug. 23, 2018. PC: Crystal Richard

Hilo Hawaiian. Aug. 22, 2018, 10:30 a.m. Courtesy: Dustin Acdal Photography

King Kamehameha Avenue closed, Aug. 23, 2018. PC: Crystal Richard

Bayfront soccer fields, Aug. 23, 2018. PC: Crystal Richard

Ben Franklin parking lot looking at soccer fields in downtown Hilo, Aug. 23, 2018, 9 a.m. PC: Crystal Richard

Soggy soccer fields in Hilo. Aug. 23, 2018, 8:30 a.m. PC: Crystal Richard

Wailuku River lookers, Aug. 23, 2018. PC: Crystal Richard

Wailuku River, Aug. 23, 2018, PC: Crystal Richard

Soccer field surfing, Aug. 23, 2018. PC: Crystal Richard

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

  • A flash flood warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring in streams, roads, and low lying areas. Move to higher ground now.
  • Do not cross fast flowing water in your vehicle, or on foot. Turn around, don’t drown.
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Police are reminding the public that county and state parks are closed due to extreme weather conditions resulting from Hurricane Lane.

Parks in the South Hilo District are Carvalho Park, Boiling Pots, Rainbow Falls, Akaka Falls, and all beach parks.

Although county crews have erected barricades in these areas to prevent accidents or injuries, police are encountering individuals within the barricaded areas, putting themselves and first responders at risk.

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As a result, police and DLNR officers have issued citations to violators.

For everyone’s safety, do not enter closed parks or walk beyond barricades. Violators will be cited.

The safety of everyone is paramount.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

 

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