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Hawaiʻi County Flash Flood Warning

October 24, 2017, 8:03 AM HST
* Updated October 24, 11:35 AM
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11:30 Update:
Avoid Kamehameha Avenue and Pauahi Street intersection, which is impassable due to flooding.

As a result, the following intersections are also impacted and traffic is being diverted into Downtown Hilo:

  • The Bayfront Highway is closed. Traffic entering Downtown Hilo from Route 19 must turn right onto Waianuenue Avenue and use alternate routes.
  • The intersection of Pauahi Street and Aupuni Street is closed to traffic. Vehicles are being diverted onto Aupuni Street.
  • The intersection of Kamehameha Avenue and Manono Street/Lihiwai Street is closed.
  • State Highways and County Public Works crews are setting up barricades at these intersections. Do not drive past these barricades.

As vehicular traffic is anticipated to increase on alternate routes, including Kilauea Avenue, Kinoole Street, Waianuenue Avenue, Komohana Street, Ponahawai Street, Wainaku Avenue and other lateral streets, motorists are asked to dri ve with caution and exercise patience as visibility is diminished due to heavy rains and roadways may become flooded.

Update: This is a Civil Defense Flash Flood Warning update for Tuesday morning, Oct. 24 at 9:00 a.m.

The National Weather Service reports a Flash Flood Warning is now in effect for Hawaiʻi Island. A Flash Flood Warning means dangerous flooding is occurring or imminent; and may pose a threat to life and property. Heavy thunder showers are expected to continue through today.

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The following roads are impacted:

  • Kukila Street and Railroad Avenue near Lanikaula Street in Hilo are closed.
  • The Kawa Area on Highway 11 near the 50 mile marker in Ka‘u is flooding.
  • Wood Valley Road in Pahala is closed due to severe flooding.
  • Be advised to avoid these areas and use alternate routes.
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All other roads are open at this time. Due to occasional heavy downpours, driving conditions are poor. Be on the alert for additional possible road closures.

Due to the thunderstorm, your utilities of power and phones may be interrupted. If lightning threatens your area, the safest place to be is indoors.

Should power outages occur, be on the alert for non-operable traffic signals. Please treat flashing traffic lights as a four-way stop.

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Again, the National Weather Service reports Flash Flood Warning now in effect for Hawaii Island. Heavy thundershowers are expected to continue throughout today.

This message will be updated and you will be informed of any conditions that may affect your safety.
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The Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense has issued a Flash Flood Advisory for Tuesday morning, October 24 at 7:15.

The National Weather Service reports a Flash Flood Advisory is now in effect for Hawaiʻi Island.

A Flash Flood Advisory means minor flooding is occurring or imminent; and may be upgraded to a Flash Flood Warning if flooding worsens and poses a threat to life and property.

Heavy thunder showers are expected to continue through today. Hawaiʻi County Police reports all roads are open at this time, but advise that driving conditions are poor because of occasional heavy downpours. Due the heavy rains, be on the alert for possible road closures.

Department of Education reports all schools are open.

Due to the thunderstorm, your utilities of power and phones may be interrupted. If lightning threatens your area, the safest place to be is indoors.

Should power outages occur, be on the alert for non-operable traffic signals. Please treat flashing traffic lights as a four-way stop.

Again, the National Weather Service reports Flash Flood Advisory now in effect for Hawaii Island. Heavy rains are expected to continue throughout today.

This website will be updated and you will be informed of any conditions that may affect your safety.

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