PHOTOS: Hurricane Lane Causes Hilo Flooding, Warning Extended
The National Weather Service in Honolulu has extended the Flash Flood Warning for the island of Hawai‘i until 3:45 p.m.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.