Flash Flood Watch Issued Islandwide

January 9, 2020, 7:40 AM HST (Updated January 9, 2020, 8:16 AM)
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The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for all the entire island through Saturday.

Officials have closed North Kohala-Kinersley and Hawī Roads due to a downed utility line. Motorists can take a detour through Hawī Transfer Station Road.

As of 7 a.m., Hawaii Electric Light reported 2,096 of its customers were without power from Waimea Kohala Mountain Road to all of North Kohala. Crews responded to the scene.

As of 8 a.m., power was restored to customers from Mahukona along Akoni Pule Highway to Old Mill Stack Road in Hawī and Kapa‘au Road. Repairs are ongoing as crews continue to restore more for the remaining customers.

A flash flood watch may produce strong winds with heavy rains. Officials advise that motorists not cross fast-flowing water in their vehicles.

Sand bags will be available for active flooding. For more information on sand bags, visit: https://arcg.is/1PjSq1

NWS also issued a high surf warning for east-facing shores from Upolu Point in North Kohala to South Point in Ka‘ū, through Saturday. Coconut Island and Spencer Beach Park are currently closed.

Expect strong breaking waves, shore break, and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous. High tide will occur early morning and may cause significant wave run up. Residents are also advised to secure all property that may be affected by wave run up.

Road and beaches closures may occur without notice.

Tiffany DeMasters
Tiffany DeMasters is a reporter for Big Island Now. Tiffany worked as the cops and courts reporter for West Hawaii Today from 2017 to 2019. She also contributed stories to Ke Ola Magazine and Honolulu Civil Beat. Tiffany is an award-winning journalist, receiving recognition from the Utah-Idaho-Spokane Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists. Tiffany grew up on the Big Island and is passionate about telling the community’s stories.

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