HAWAII ISLAND – With tropical storm Flossie approaching Hawaii Island, the State Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry and Wildlife is closing the Waimanu trail and campground, Pololu trail, and the Ainapo trail and cabin effective immediately.
From the DLNR media release:
|High winds and heavy rains are expected to be associated with the storm system, and public safety concerns are warranted. This closure will stay in effect until staff can inspect the condition and safety of the trails once the storm system has passed.For further information contact the DOFAW Hilo Office (808)974-4221.|
Also, hikers, campers, and hunters on all the islands are being urged to avoid entering forest areas, starting on Monday when Tropical Storm Flossie is expected to arrive. According to DLNR:
|Forecasts of sustained high winds of 35 miles an hour or more, as well as heavy rain can make for hazardous road and trail conditions.Storm conditions can trap recreationalists by blocking trails and roads from flash floods and falling trees. Falling rocks, falling trees and landslides pose additional threats to people in the forest reserves.
“We advise that hikers, campers or hunters should avoid trails, streams and back-country areas under these conditions,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson.
The public is advised to monitor local news and weather broadcasts for further updates.