(ABOVE VIDEO) Saturday Hawaii County Civil Defense message with footage filmed the same day in Ka’u.
- Hurricane Ana is over a hundred miles away from Hawaii Island, but the storm still flooded Ka’u with heavy rain on Saturday. A Flash Flood Warning has been in effect for the eastern half of the district for much of the day.
- Highway 11 between the 57 and 58 mile marks between Pahala and Naalehu was closed to all traffic due to flooding.
- Usually dry streams were swollen with rushing water. Waterfalls could be seen in the hills of Hilea and Ninole.
- Punaluu Beach Park was closed all day.
This is a Flash flood Warning and Road Closure information update for Saturday October 18th at 5:00pm.
The National Weather Service Flash Flood Warning for Hawaii Island has been extended until 6:00pm tonight. In addition, a Flood Watch for Hawaii Island will remain in effect until 6:00am tomorrow, Sunday October 19th.
Although conditions may be improving, present forecasts continue to call for heavy rains and thunder showers across the entire island. A High surf advisory also remains in effect for the west facing shores of Hawaii Island through 6:00 am tomorrow.
The Hawaii Police Department reports that Highway 11 between the 57 and 58 mile marks between Pahala and Naalehu is closed to all traffic due to flooding. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and to use alternate routes if possible.
With the anticipated improving conditions all County and State Parks will be reopened tomorrow. Camping at authorized County parks will remain restricted until Monday October 20th. Hawaii County Civil Defense on Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. HST
by Big Island Video News
Streams swell, waterfalls awaken, and roads close.