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Tuesday
Aug212018

Hurricane Lane Update Tuesday 8/21/18 7:15PM

This is a Civil Defense hurricane update for Tuesday, August 21 at 7:15 in the evening.

All County of Hawaii offices are open for normal business hours tomorrow.

Due to the Hurricane Warning, the following closures remain in effect: 

  • All public schools and the University of Hawaii campuses will be closed until further notice.
  • All beach parks, from South Point north to Kohala, will be closed until further notice. All pavilion and camping permits for these parks have been cancelled.
  • South Point Road from the Kamaoa Road junction to South Point is closed to all traffic. 

The Department of Education, in coordination with the American Red Cross and Hawaii County Parks and Recreation, have identified shelters in all districts that will be opened if necessary. You will be notified if any of the shelters are opened.

Thank you and have a safe day. This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

Tuesday
Aug212018

Hurricane Lane Update, Tuesday 8/21/18 6PM

This is a Civil Defense hurricane update for Tuesday, August 21 at 6:00 in the evening.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center has issued a Hurricane Warning for Hawaii County. A Hurricane Warning is issued when hurricane conditions of damaging winds, damaging surf, and flooding rains are possible within 36 hours.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center reports as of 5:00 pm, Hurricane Lane is a category 4 hurricane located approximately 375 miles SSE of Kailua-Kona with sustained winds of 155 mph, moving WNW at approximately 9 mph.

Due to the Hurricane Warning, the following advisories have been issued: 

  • A high surf warning with extreme ocean surges and large breaking waves is in effect for south facing shores of Ka’u and Kona.
  • A flash flood watch is in effect for the island of Hawaii. Do expect possible heavy rain leading to flash flooding.
  • Hurricane force winds are possible on the west side of the island from South Point to Kohala on Thursday. The remainder of the island could experience tropical storm force winds.  

Due to the Hurricane Warning status, the following closures are in effect: 

  • All public schools and the University of Hawaii campuses will be closed until further notice.
  • All beach parks, from South Point north to Kohala, will be closed until further notice. All pavilion and camping permits for these parks have been cancelled.
  • South Point Road from the Kamaoa Road junction to South Point is closed to all traffic. 

The Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) advises all boat owners in unprotected harbors from Milolii to Mahukona to take all measures to secure their vessels. This includes removal, if possible. Complete all actions before nightfall Wednesday.

The Department of Education, in coordination with the American Red Cross and Hawaii County Parks and Recreation, have identified shelters in all districts that will be opened if necessary. You will be notified if any of the shelters are opened.

Civil Defense is monitoring Hurricane Lane and will keep you informed of any changes that may affect your safety.  

Thank you and have a safe day. This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

Tuesday
Aug212018

Hurricane Lane Update, Tuesday 8/21/18 5PM

This is a Civil Defense hurricane update for Tuesday, August 21 at 5:00 in the evening.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center has issued a Hurricane Warning for Hawaii County. A Hurricane Warning is issued when hurricane conditions of damaging winds, damaging surf, and flooding rains are possible within 36 hours.

A high surf warning with extreme ocean surges and large breaking waves is also in effect for south facing shores of Ka’u and Kona.

Additional information and specific policies on shelters and closures will follow.

Tuesday
Aug212018

Hurricane Lane Emergency Proclamation

EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, Chapter 127A Hawaii Revised Statutes, provides for the establishment of County organizations for emergency management and disaster relief with the Mayor having direct responsibility and authority over emergency management within the County.

WHEREAS, Chapter 127A Hawaii Revised Statutes and Chapter 7, Articles 1 and 2 of the Hawai‘i County Code, establishes a Civil Defense Agency within the County of Hawai‘i and prescribes its powers, duties, and responsibilities, and Section 13- 23 of the Hawai‘i County Charter empowers the Mayor of the County to declare emergencies; and
WHEREAS, the National Weather Service at 5:00 p.m. HST on August 17, 2018 issued Hurricane Lane Advisory Number 17 advising that Hurricane Lane had entered Hawaiian waters and was located at 12.8 North Latitude/141.0 West Longitude or 930 miles south east of Hilo, Hawai‘i as a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph and;

WHEREAS, the National Weather Service at 5:00 a.m. HST on August 21, 2018 issued Hurricane Lane Advisory Number 27 advising of a Hurricane Watch for the County of Hawai‘i.  Hurricane Lane was located at 14.1 North Latitude/152.3 West Longitude or 450 miles south east of Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i as a Category 4. hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph and;

WHEREAS, a Hurricane Watch means that possible tropical storm conditions can occur any time within the next 48 hours; and

WHEREAS, conditions associated with hurricanes and tropical storms include but are not limited to storm surge, high surf, high winds, flash flooding and heavy rain may occur; and;

WHEREAS, due to the possibility of imminent disaster due to property damage and/or bodily injury to residents of Hawai`i Island, and the need for government agencies and representatives from the private sector to mobilize and provide immediate services to our island residents, a state of emergency is authorized pursuant to Chapter 127A Hawaii Revised Statutes, and Chapter 7, Hawai`i County Code.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, HARRY KIM, Mayor of the County of Hawai‘i, do hereby proclaim and declare that a state of emergency exists due threat of imminent disaster on the Hawai‘i Island, effective 7:38 a.m., August 21, 2018, and continuing thereon for 60 days or until further act by this office.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the County of Hawai‘i to be affixed.  Done this 21st day of August 2018 in Hilo, Hawai‘i.

HARRY KIM
Mayor
County of Hawai‘i

View the signed Emergency Proclamation

Tuesday
Aug212018

Hurricane Lane Update, Tuesday 8/21/18 6AM

This is a Civil Defense hurricane update for Tuesday, August 21 at 6:00 in the morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hurricane Watch for Hawaii County. A Hurricane Watch is issued when hurricane conditions of damaging winds, damaging surf, and flooding rains are possible within 48 hours.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center reports as of 5:00 am, Hurricane Lane is a category 4 hurricane located approximately 450 miles SSE of Kailua-Kona with sustained winds of 150 mph, moving west at approximately 12 mph.

Due to the Hurricane Watch, the following advisories have been issued: 

  • Hurricane force winds are possible throughout the island on Thursday.
  • Expect heavy rain leading to flash flooding and landslides.
  • Large swells with potentially damaging surf along south and west facing shores of Puna, Ka’u, and Kona. 

Residents along affected shores should be alert for high and dangerous surf conditions. Boat owners, take measures to secure your vessel.

The following closures are in effect: 

  • Whittington and Punaluu Beach Parks remain closed.  All pavilion and camping permits for these parks have been cancelled.
  • South Point Road from the Kamaoa Road junction to South Point is closed to all through traffic; open to local residents only. 

The Department of Education reports that all schools are open.

Civil Defense is monitoring Hurricane Lane and will keep you informed of any changes that may affect your safety.  

Take this time to assure that family and business emergency plans are up to date.  

Thank you and have a safe day.

This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

Friday
Aug172018

Emergency Alert Sirens and Notifications

This is a Civil Defense message for Friday, August 17.  

Over the last three days, Hawaii County Civil Defense, in partnership with HI-EMA (Hawaii Emergency Management Agency) tested 7 new emergency alert sirens around the island of Hawaii. These sirens are only one of several ways Civil Defense alerts the public in an emergency. Sirens have a limited range making them inaudible to a large portion of Hawaii Island. When a siren alarms, turn on your radio or television and check your mobile devices for further instruction. If you are not in range of the nearest siren, make sure you are signed up for our Blackboard text/email alert system.  

  • Blackboard: https://countyofhawaii.bbcportal.com/ 

We also post information to the following: 

  1. Facebook: @hawaiicountycivildefense
  2. Twitter: @CivilDefenseHI
  3. Website: http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts 

The EAS and IPAWS systems are activated during an emergency alert level of WARNING. These alerts are automatic and do not require registration. 

  1. EAS (Emergency Alert System) – Messages will scroll across your television screen and will be read over AM/FM radio.
  2. IPAWS (Integrated Public Alert & Warning System) – All cell phones are alerted unless you have turned off your notification setting.  

The sirens are tested the first working day of each month at 11:45 am, unless otherwise noted. Please contact Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency to report a siren malfunction at (808) 935-0031. 

This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.



Thursday
Aug162018

East Rift Zone Eruption Update, Thursday 8/16/18

This is a Civil Defense Eruption Update for Thursday, August 16. 

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that activity on the lower east rift zone of Kilauea Volcano has diminished and remained quiet for over a week. The only surface activity is a small, crusted lava pond inside the fissure 8 cone, and a few areas along the coast where lava is entering the ocean. Sulfur dioxide emission rates are also drastically reduced. While eruptive activity is minimal at this time, hazards remain. 

It is common for eruptions to go through periods of diminished output, or to pause completely, only to reactivate days, weeks, or even months later. Re-activation could occur at any time, with little to no warning. Residents should remain informed and heed Hawaii County Civil Defense messages and warnings. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory will continue to release daily status updates, found here: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/status.html.

At this time, the following access policies and restrictions are in effect: 

  • The entire flow field, including all fissures and lava features, is extremely dangerous and remains off limits.
  • Highway 137 roadblock near MacKenzie State Park and Highway 132 roadblock between Nanawale and Lava Tree State Park remains closed to the public.
  • Properties not destroyed, but isolated by lava on E. Pohoiki Road, Malama Ki Place, Halekamahina Road, and E. Pahoa-Kapoho Road are accessible to residents with Civil Defense authorization only.
  • Leilani Estates access is limited to residents. A Civil Defense Access Placard is required to enter Leilani Estates. Property on, and east of Pomaikai Street is in the mandatory evacuation area. For access to this area, residents must make an appointment with Civil Defense for an escort.
  • Access to Papaya Farms Road, Noni Farms Road, Railroad Avenue, the Mail Box area, and Cinder Road is limited to residents. A Civil Defense Access Placard is required for these areas.
  • Placards are available Monday through Friday at the Civil Defense office in Hilo, located at 920 Ululani Street from 8 AM to 4 PM. 

Civil Defense continues to monitor the situation. However, this will be our final daily Kilauea Eruption Update unless activity significantly changes.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience. This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.