11:05 a.m. by Hawai‘i Electric Light Company – Hawai‘i Electric Light employees continue to respond to power outages. Since Wednesday, about 9,500 customers around the island experienced a power outage, caused mostly by trees falling on power lines. Currently, fewer than 30 customers in lower Puna, Hāmākua and Hilo are without power.
Crews are working to safely restore power as quickly as possible. However, restoration efforts may be delayed due to hazardous weather and multiple road closures in some areas. “We urge the community to continue to keep safety top of mind,” said Kristen Okinaka, public information officer. “Steady rain and flooding can uproot trees and break branches which could fall on power lines and snap utility poles. Downed power lines can be energized and dangerous. Stay away and call us immediately to report it.” To report downed lines and power outages, please call (808) 969-6666.
11 a.m. by the National Park Service – Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau and Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Parks has reopened as of 9:15 a.m. today, August 25, 2018
11 a.m. by National Weather Service – All tropical watches and warnings discontinued for the State of Hawaii. Tropical Storm Lane was located about 145 miles southwest of Honolulu and about 160 miles south of Lihue. Lane is moving to the west at 7 mph. Forecasters said:
Flash flooding will continue to be a concern through the weekend. Slow moving rain bands continue to impact the islands primarily from Oahu through the Big Island. Lane is expected to produce additional rain of 5 to 10 inches over windward Big Island, and Maui, and 3 to 5 inches elsewhere through the weekend. 20 to 30 inches of rain has already fallen over some parts of windward Big Island, with over 40 inches of rain recorded at a few locations.
10:42 a.m. by National Weather Service – The Flash Flood Warning for the island of Hawaii has been extended until 2 p.m. HST.
At 1038 AM HST, radar and rain gauges showed an area of heavy rain moving across the lower Puna and South Hilo Districts from the southeast. Rain rates were around 1 inch per hour. Any additional heavy rain on the fully saturated ground will cause rapid increases of water levels in streams and drainages. AVOID UNNECESSARY ROAD TRAVEL due to ongoing flood impacts.
10:30 a.m. by Hawaii Department of Transportation – All state routes on Hawaii Island are open as of 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. Crews responded to flooding on Highways 11, 19, and 130 overnight and will continue to assess facilities. Hilo Airport and Ellison Onizuka International Airport at Keahole do not have any reported damages. All airlines are reported at full operations. Hilo and Kawaihae Harbors are open. Shippers should schedule arrivals in these ports through PortCall.com and should be aware of possible debris in the water.
9:50 a.m. by National Weather Service – A Flash Flood Warning remains in effect for East Hawaii until 11 a.m. HST.
At 944 AM HST…radar showed a new area of heavy rain moving across the lower Puna District from the southeast. Rain rates were estimated to be around 1 inch per hour. Any additional heavy rain on the fully saturated ground will cause rapid increases of water levels in streams and drainages. AVOID UNNECESSARY ROAD TRAVEL due to ongoing flood impacts.
9:50 a.m. by Hawaii County Civil Defense – The following secondary road closures are in effect:
- Akolea Wooden Bridge
- Bayfront Highway
- Kaiulani Street (Reeds Island)
- Kamehameha Avenue, Ponahawai to Manono
- Old Mamalahoa (Onomea Bay)
- Pauahi Street Bridge
- Rainbow Drive
- South Point Road from Kamaoa Junction to South Point
- Wainuenue Ave above Akolea Road
Due to the potential effects of Hurricane Lane, five emergency shelters have been opened on the north and west side of Hawaii Island. These shelters are for your convenience, but there is NO mandatory evacuation at this time. The shelters are available if you need to relocate.
- Keaau High School: 16-725 Keaau-Pahoa Rd, Keaau
- Waiakea High School: 155 W. Kawili St, Hilo
- Hookena Elementary School: 86-4355 Mamalahoa Highway, Captain Cook
- Kamehameha Park Hisaoka Gym: 54-382 Kamehameha Park Road, Kapaau *Pet Friendly
- Kealakehe High School: 74-5000 Puohulihuli Street, Kailua-Kona *Pet Friendly
- Waikoloa Elementary & Middle School: 68-1730 Ho’oko Street, Waikoloa
- Konawaena High School Gym: 81-1043 Konawaena School Road, Kealakekua
If you choose to relocate to a shelter, food is not provided (don’t forget pet food!). Please bring your blankets and pillows if possible. However, the shelter is open to everyone with or without these items.