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UPDATE: Thunderstorm Notification for Hāmākua Coast

February 6, 2018, 11:02 AM HST
* Updated February 6, 2:11 PM
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UPDATE: Feb. 6, 2018, 2:03 p.m.
The National Weather Service issued a thunderstorm notification for the Hāmākua Coast. There is a strong possibility of thunder, lightening, high winds and hail with this storm.
Consider unplugging appliances that are not in use. The best place to be is indoors.
Report Power outages to HELCO at (808) 969-6666. For other emergencies dial 911.
At 1:17 p.m., a strong thunderstorm was located over Ninole (15 miles north of Hilo), moving east at 10 mph.
Winds in excess of 40 mph and dime size hail are possible with this storm.

Locations impacted include Ninole, Pepe‘ekeo, Laupahoehoe, Honomu, Hakalau and Papaikou.

Frequent cloud to ground lightning is occurring with this storm. Lightning can strike 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. Seek a safe shelter inside a building or vehicle.

ORIGINAL POST: Feb. 6, 2018, 11:02 a.m.

The National Weather Service reports that thunderstorms are developing this afternoon and may produce strong gusty winds and hail.

The atmosphere over the state is very unstable, and mostly sunny morning conditions will give way to scattered afternoon heavy showers and thunderstorms. Some of these thunderstorms will be capable of producing strong and gusty winds, frequent lightning, intense downpours and hail.

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When thunderstorms approach, you should move indoors. Stay away from windows and electrical appliances until the the storm is over.

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Be aware that lightning can strike several miles away from a thunderstorm. It does not have to be raining where you are to be struck by lightning.

Remain alert for changing weather conditions, and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or local media sources for more information.

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