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Flash Floods Closing Major Big Island Roads, Hilo Floods

August 24, 2018, 7:50 PM HST
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Although Tropical Storm Lane has weakened, a flash flood warning is still in effect for the windward side of Hawai‘i Island, with dangerous heavy rains and flooding continuing.

Roads in Kohala, Hāmākua, Hilo, Puna, and Ka‘ū are experiencing severe flooding. Everyone is strongly advised to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.

All low lying areas of Hilo town are flooded. It is critical that motorists and persons stay out of the area.

Due to Tropical Storm Lane, the following major road closures are in effect:

  • Highway 19 between mile marker 3 and 32 – expect extremely hazardous driving conditions. Only one lane will be maintained and the road may be closed at times without any notice.
  • Saddle Road at mile marker 10.5 – alternating one lane open with pilot car
  • Highway 11 at mile marker 15
  • Highway 130 from Kea‘au High School to Hawaiian Paradise Park

Please stay alert and be cautious of changing road conditions, as closures may occur at any time without notice. Conditions are being monitored and you will be kept informed of major closures as best as possible.

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Due to flash flooding, extreme caution should be taken due to:

  • Flowing water on and across the road
  • Poor visibility due to heavy rain
  • Debris on the road
  • Erosion of the shoulders and the road
  • Ponding water
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The shelter at Waiakea High School is open if you need to evacuate. Remember to bring food and bedding if 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 on the windward side of Hawai‘i Island.

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