PUNA, Hawaii – In the video above, audio from the 5:15 p.m. Hawaii County Civil Defense message is accompanied by footage taken in Puna today, where some effects of the passing Hurricane Ignacio could be seen along the shoreline. Tidal flooding was seen in Kapoho after the 4 p.m. high tide, but nothing that could compare to what was seen one year ago when Hurricane / Tropical Storm Iselle hit the Big Island. A little farther south at the popular Pohoiki surf spot, crowds gathered to watch surfers brave the waves.
5:15 pm CIVIL DEFENSE MESSAGE
by Hawaii County Civil Defense
As of 5:00PM this afternoon Hurricane Ignacio was continuing on a northwest track at 12 miles per hour. Ignacio was located approximately 250 miles northeast of Hilo and recording sustained winds of 100 miles per hour with higher gusts. As Ignacio continues on the current track and weaken, Hawaii Island could begin to experience the remnants or trailing weather conditions from the storm. This may include windy conditions with gusts up to 40 miles per hour in some areas and localized heavy rains that may cause flooding. The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for Hawaii Island through 7:00PM tonight. All major highways and roadways are open at this time and motorists are advised to drive with caution and to be prepared for hazardous conditions to include ponding and runoff and to anticipate traffic delays. The Civil Defense Agency will continue to maintain close communications with the National Weather Service and monitor the system.
The High Surf Warning issued for the east facing shores of Hawaii Island has been extended to 6:00AM Wednesday morning. Surf heights of 12 to 20 feet are expected with highest surf conditions coinciding with the high tides. Residents in low lying coastal areas and boat owners are advised to take necessary precautions.
With the ongoing unstable weather conditions the public is advised to monitor your local radio broadcasts for information and updates and to always plan and prepare early for possible impacts from all hazards that pose a threat to our community.