(BIVN) – The Hilo Bayfront Highway is closed due to high surf along the east-facing shore, while Akoni Pule Highway in North Kohala is closed due to a landslide.
According to the National Weather Service, heavy rain was observed on radar over the northern slopes of the Kohala Mountains at 8:36 a.m.
The most intense rainfall was occurring from Hawi to Pololu Valley, forecasters said, adding that “the band of heavy rain may spread southward into the Waipio Valley and Honokaa areas.”
Locations in the advisory include but are not limited to Pololu Valley, Waipiʻo Valley, Kukuihaele, Kohala Ranch, Hawi, Waimea, Kapaʻau, Waimanu Valley, and Honokaʻa.
The emergency water restriction notice for Honokaʻa, Haina, Pāʻauhau, Āhualoa, Kapulena, Kalōpā, Pōhākea Mauka and Kukuihaele is cancelled, the Department of Water Supply reports. However, the emergency water restriction for the Paʻauilo area is still in effect due to pumping equipment failure. Water Supply is currently hauling water to meet the Paʻauilo community’s needs.
The Winter Storm Warning for the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa remains in place until Friday. “Periods of freezing rain and snow are forecast,” the National Weather Service stated. “Additional snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches, with ice accumulations over 1/4 inch possible.”
The top of the mountains looked clear from Hilo on Wednesday morning. Waves were crashing against the rocks along the Bayfront Highway. The only car on the road was a Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense vehicle, patrolling the area.