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PHOTOS: Hilo Sets Rainfall Record for August

August 25, 2018, 7:14 AM HST
* Updated August 25, 11:06 AM
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Mile marker 14.5 on Highway 19 near Kolekole and in Kolekole Gulch, Aug. 25, 2018, Hurricane Lane. PC: David Real

Rainfall totals from Hurricane Lane from Wednesday through Friday night, Aug. 24, 2018, set records on the Big Island.

“Waiakea Uka, located just south of Hilo on the Big Island, has picked up 44.88 inches of rain since Wednesday,” The Weather Channel reported. “Pi‘ihonua picked up 42.69 inches of total rainfall through 9 p.m HST Friday.”

“Hilo has picked more than 25 inches of rain since early Wednesday morning, The Weather Channel reported. “This has resulted in more than 31 inches of rainfall for the month, setting a new record for the wettest August.”

Mile marker 14.5 on Highway 19 near Kolekole and in Kolekole Gulch, Aug. 25, 2018, Hurricane Lane. PC: David Real

Tropical Storm Lane is located south of Hawai‘i Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, delivering more rainfall on the Big Island.

“Most of this deep convection is in outer rain bands across the eastern and central Hawaiian Islands,” the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said late Friday. “Needless to say, severe flooding is occurring due to this, especially over the Big Island where over 40 inches of rain have fallen along parts of the windward sections.”


The heavy rain on the Big Island has led to mudslides, road closings and rescues.


Five tourists were rescued Thursday from a Hilo rental home on the Big Island as Hawai‘i County firefighters safely removed them from the house with no injuries.

The Big Island remains under a flash flood warning Saturday morning, with some areas forecast to receive 2 to 3 inches per hour.

Hawai‘i Rainfall Totals Through 9 p.m Friday, Aug. 24


Waiakea Uka: 42.81

Piihonua: 42.69

Saddle Quarry (USGS): 38.77

Waiakea Experiment Station: 37.91

Mountain View: 36.49

Glenwood: 27.42

Papaikou Well: 26.90

Hilo: 25.34

Kulani NWR: 22.90

Pāhoa: 19.46

Keaumo: 19.23

Kawainui Stream (USGS): 14.13

Pu‘u Mali: 12.42

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