UPDATE – (8 a.m. on Saturday) – The Flood Advisory continues for East Hawaiʻi. Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense says the following roads are closed:
- Kamehameha Avenue between Manono Street to Ponahawai Street, Bay Front Highway and Pauahi Street from Aupuni Street.
- Highway 19 is closed between miles 44 and 45, north of Honokaʻa, due to a fallen tree. Police say motorists may use the Old Mamalahoa Highway which goes through Ahualoa as an alternate route. “No large vehicles as they can not navigate the narrow roads and turns,” a police alert stated. “Closure for approx 4-6 hours.”
The National Weather Service in Honolulu said that at 6:48 a.m. HST, “radar indicated heavy rain showers across windward Big Island from South Point to Upolu Point. Rain was falling at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour. Heavy rain showers are expected to continue to impact windward Big Island through the morning.”
The High Surf Warning also continues today. Civil Defense says Coconut Island, Bay Front Park, Onekahakaha, Kealoha and Spencer Beach Park are closed.
(BIVN) – A Flood Advisory has been extended for East Hawaiʻi, as heavy rain has shut down some roads in Hilo.
As of 10 p.m., Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense reported that Kamehameha Avenue, Pauahi Street , and Bay Front Highway were closed. Officials said other road closures may occur without notice.
According to a National Weather Service advisory issued at 10:18 p.m. HST:
At 1010 PM HST, radar showed bands of heavy rainfall moving over the windward slopes of the Big Island. Peak rain rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour were mainly occurring over the South Hilo, Puna and North Kohala Districts. The ground is saturated and stream levels remain elevated. Periods of heavy rainfall will continue through the night.
The Flood Advisory is in effect until 1:30 a.m. Saturday, but it could be extended.
The National Weather Service has also posted:
- A Flash Flood Watch for the entire island through Sunday afternoon.
- A Wind Advisory for such areas as Hilo, Volcano, Honokaʻa, Waimea, Kohala and Waikoloa until Saturday morning. Gusts up to 55 mph are possible.
- A High Surf Warning is in effect for east-facing shores.
- A Winter Weather Advisory for Big Island summits. Additional snow accumulations up to 3 inches are possible.