11 p.m. by Central Pacific Hurricane Center – Tropical Storm Lane moving slowly toward the north-northwest, south of Hawaii. Lane’s outer rain bands producing severe flooding across parts of the Hawaiian islands. Localized storm total amounts in excess of 40 inches have already been observed along the windward side of the Big Island. Large swells generated by Lane will impact the Hawaiian Islands tonight. These swells will produce high surf along exposed south and east shorelines through early Saturday. Isolated tornadoes are possible from tonight into early Saturday across parts of the Big Island.
10:52 p.m. by National Weather Service – Flash Flood Warning in effect until 11:45 p.m. At 10:50 PM HST, radar and rain gages showed extremely heavy rainfall persisting over the Ka‘u and Puna Districts. Rainfall rates of 3 to 4 inches per hour have been observed for several hours, and extreme flooding impacts are being reported by Big Island Civil Defense. Highway 11 is closed in several areas including, between Kea‘au and Hawaiian Paradise park, and near Pahala at Kawa Flats.
THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. DO NOT TRAVEL DUE TO ONGOING FLOOD IMPACTS.
10:25 p.m. by Hawai‘i County Police – Both lanes of Highway 11 are CLOSED between the 58 and 62 mile markers in Ka‘u due to flooding in the Kawa area.
8:50 p.m. by National Weather Service – Flash Flood Warning in effect until 11:45 p.m.
At 850 PM HST, Big Island Civil Defense reported widespread flooding impacts as heavy rain from Tropical Storm Lane continues to stream over the island. Rainfall rates up to 4 inches per hour are causing flooding in numerous areas, with numerous road closures reported. THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. DO NOT TRAVEL DUE TO ONGOING FLOOD IMPACTS.
8:30 p.m. by Hawaii County Civil Defense – The Hawaii Police Department reports multiple road closures due to flooding, landslides, and debris. Throughout the island, crews are not able to open these roadways at this time. You are advised to stay off all roadways due to very hazardous conditions.
For your information, sandbags cannot be distributed at this time because crews are only responding to life saving tasks. Again, police report extremely dangerous driving conditions throughout the island. Major closures are occurring due to landslides and water runoffs.
8:15 p.m. by Hawaii County Civil Defense – The following major road closures are in effect as of 8:15pm:
- Highway 11 – mm 15
- Highway 19 – mm 6, 14, 15.5, 19 (others likely without notice)
- Highway 130 – from Kea’au High School to Hawaiian Paradise Park
- Saddle Road (alternating one lane with pilot car at 10.5 mm)
The following secondary road closures are also in effect:
- Akolea Wooden Bridge
- Bayfront Highway
- East Kawailani Street from Awapuhi to Nohona Street
- Kaalaiki Road in Kau, just above Naalehu
- Kaiulani Street (Reeds Island)
- Kamehameha Avenue, Ponahawai to Manono
- Kukila Street between Railroad and Pohaku
- Kulani (North and South) to Peck Road
- Laupahoehoe Point Road
- Old Mamalahoa in Honomu (past the gym)
- Pohaku from 39th to 40th in Orchidland Estates
- Pauahi Street Bridge
- Piihonua Wooden Bridge
- Rainbow Drive
- South Point Road from Kamaoa Junction to South Point
- Wainuenue Ave above Akolea Road
- Wood Valley
8 p.m. by Central Pacific Hurricane Center – Tropical Storm Lane nearly stationary south of Hawaii. Lane’s outer rain bands will bring additional flooding and damaging winds to parts of the Hawaiian islands.
by Big Island Video News
HAWAII ISLAND - Rainfall rates up to 4 inches per hour are causing flooding in numerous areas, with numerous road closures reported.