UPDATE (3:15 p.m.) – Hawai‘i County Civil Defense reports multiple power outages due to high winds and lightning strikes in the Puna and Hilo areas. Audio message above.
UPDATE (2 p.m.) – At 1:58 p.m. HST, a severe thunderstorm was located near Pahoa, moving northeast at 15 mph. 60 mph wind gusts and penny size hail can be expected.
Volcano, Hawaiian Acres, Orchidlands Estates, Hawaiian Paradise Park, Glenwood, Pahoa, Mountain View and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the National Weather Service reported.
At 2 p.m. a thunderstorm also moved over Hilo.
UPDATE (1:15 p.m.) – The National Weather Service says “the storm which prompted the warning” over Ka’u “has weakened below severe limits and no longer poses an immediate threat to life or property. Therefore the warning will be allowed to expire. However gusty winds are still possible with thunderstorms.”
The National Weather Service in Honolulu reported at 1 p.m. a severe thunderstorm was located over Kawa Flats, moving northeast at 25 mph.
60 mph wind gusts and penny size hail was expected for Naalehu, Pahala, Wood Valley and Punaluu Beach.
“Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees,” the National Weather Service said. “For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.”