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10 AM: PHOTOS, VIDEO: Stay Off South Hilo Roadways

August 23, 2018, 6:20 AM HST
* Updated August 23, 10:20 AM
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VIDEO: Wailuku River from Wainaku Street, Aug. 23, 2018, 9 a.m. VC: Crystal Richard

Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, 10:15 a.m.: Ka‘alaiki Road Closed

Avoid Ka‘alaiki Road (Ka‘u), just above (mauka) of Na‘alehu Town. The road is closed due to flooding.

10 a.m.: HPD: Stay Off South Hilo Roadways

Police are advising the public to remain off the streets and roadways in the South Hilo District due to extreme weather from Hurricane Lane that is causing flooding and heavy runoff.

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Do not drive on the roadways and streets unless absolutely necessary.

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All county parks are closed due to the weather conditions. County crews are posting signs and barricades at problem areas. Do not enter these high risk areas.

7:20 a.m.: Avoid Travel on Flood-Prone Roads

Motorists are asked to use caution or avoid unnecessary travel on coastal roads and roads prone to flooding or landslides. As of 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, Bayfront Highway (Highway 19) in Hilo was closed due to ponding on the road and both lanes Akoni Pule Highway (Route 270) reopened following a small landslide.

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

7 a.m.: Stalled Hurricane Lane Causes Flooding in East Hawai‘i

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The Central Pacific Hurricane Center reports as of 5 a.m. that Hurricane Lane is a Category 4 hurricane located approximately 210 miles SSW of Kailua-Kona with sustained winds of 130 mph, moving NW at approximately 7 mph.

Due to the slowing of the hurricane, dangerous heavy rains and flooding are occurring in East Hawai‘i.

Raging Wailuku River due to rains from Lane. Aug. 23, 2018, 8:30 a.m. PC: Crystal Richard

Due to the heavy rain, the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for the windward side of the island.

At this time, the slowing of the hurricane has also diminished the immediate threat of hurricane conditions of wind, rain and surf on the west side of the island.

Raging Wailuku River due to rains from Lane. Aug. 23, 2018, 8:30 a.m. PC: Crystal Richard

Due to the Flash Flood Warning, the following closures are in effect:

  • All non-emergency county operations are suspended, including transfer stations. The Hele On bus service will remain open.
  • Numerous major and secondary roads are closed. Due to the extreme hazards created from the heavy rain, stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.
  • Although there are no imminent threats to the west side of the island, residents should stay alert and informed as conditions may change at any time. Weather conditions are being monitored and you will be informed of any changes that may affect your safety.
  • Bayfront soccer field on Aug. 22, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. Courtesy: Dustin Acdal Photography

6 a.m.: Stalled Hurricane Lane Causes Flooding

Hurricane Lane has stalled, causing conditions of heavy rain and flooding continuing since last night.

Dangerous driving conditions and flooding are occurring from Waipio Valley south to Volcano.

Soccer fields flooded due to rains from Lane. Aug. 23, 2018, 9 a.m. PC: Crystal Richard

You are asked to stay off the roads due to extreme hazards created by the heavy rainfall.

This heavy rainfall is expected to continue due to Hurricane Lane stalling.

The positive side of this is that all immediate threats of rain, wind and surf to the west side of the island have diminished for now.

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

All motorists and residents on the windward side from Waipio Valley south to Volcano are advised to remain on the alert for continuing, dangerous flooding conditions.

Due to the flash flooding conditions, there are several road closures on major highways and secondary roads in effect at this time. Be aware that additional closures can occur without warning.

Conditions are being monitored and you will be kept informed of major closures as best as possible.

All motorists and residents of effected areas are urged to use extreme caution and be aware of flooding conditions. This is a very dangerous situation and heavy rains are expected to continue.

https://www.facebook.com/damon.tucker/videos/10213002752003082/?t=16

VIDEO: Flooding in Hilo neighborhood, Aug. 23, 7:30 a.m. RC: Damon Tucker

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