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Friday
Dec022016

Flash Flood Watch Update Friday 12-2-16 at 8:10 PM

This is a Civil Defense update for Friday, December 2 at 8:10 PM. 

 

The National Weather Service’s Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through Sunday afternoon for Hawaii County due to the potential for heavy rainfall to redevelop during the weekend.

 

The combination of deep tropical moisture and an unstable airmass may result in heavy showers and thunderstorms through the weekend.

 

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is very dangerous.

 

We urge residents and visitors to monitor weather forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued. Campers and hikers should consider postponing their outing until the weather is better.

 

Hawaii Police Department reports Kahikopele Road in upper Puna in the Eden Rock area remains closed due to flooding. However, an alternate route is available to area motorists. 

 

As a reminder, both lanes are open on Highway 11 near Kawa Flats in Ka’u at mile markers 58 to 59.  

 

In Hilo, Kamehameha Avenue now has one lane open in both directions between Pauahi Street and Ponahawai Street. 

 

Pauahi Street is now open.

 

Please be safe and have a nice evening. This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Friday
Dec022016

Flash Flood Warning Cancelled. However, Flash Flood Watch Remains in Effect Through Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016

This is a Civil Defense update for Friday, December 2 at 4:30 PM.  The National Weather Service has cancelled the Flash Flood Warning for Hawaii County as of 4:04 PM today.  

 

However, a flash flood watch remains in effect through Sunday afternoon for Hawaii County since there is the potential for heavy rainfall to redevelop during the weekend.

 

The combination of deep tropical moisture and an unstable airmass may result in heavy showers and thunderstorms through the weekend.

 

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is very dangerous.

 

We urge residents and visitors to monitor weather forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued. Campers and hikers should consider postponing their outing until the weather is better.

 

Hawaii Police Department reports Kahikopele Road in upper Puna in the Eden Rock area remains closed due to flooding.

 

As a reminder, both lanes are open on Highway 11 near Kawa Flats in Ka’u at mile markers 58 to 59.  

 

In Hilo, Kamehameha Avenue remains closed in both directions between Pauahi Street and Ponahawai Street. 

 

Outbound traffic is open on Hilo Bayfront Highway from Wailoa Bridge. Inbound traffic is diverted to Waianuenue Avenue.

 

A Flash Flood Watch is now in effect for Hawaii County until Sunday afternoon.  Thank you for listening.  This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Friday
Dec022016

Flash Flood Warning Update 3:40 PM Dec. 2, 2016

This is a Civil Defense flash flood warning update for Friday, December 2 at 2:30 PM.  The National Weather Service has extended the Flash Flood Warning for Hawaii County until 5:15 PM today.  

 

Heavy rain continues to fall across the districts of North and South Hilo, Puna and Ka’u.  A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring in streams, roads, and low lying areas.  Do not cross fast flowing water in your vehicle or on foot.   

 

Heavy rain continues to fall across the districts of North and South Hilo, Puna and Ka’u.  A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring in streams, roads, and low lying areas.  Do not cross fast flowing water in your vehicle or on foot.

 

Kahikopele Road in the Eden Rock area is closed. At this time, HPD is responding to reports of flooding.

 

Hawaii Police Department report intermittent lane closures along the Hamakua coast due to roadway debris.

 

Both lanes are open on Highway 11 near Kawa Flats in Ka’u at mile markers 58 to 59.  

 

In Hilo, Kamehameha Avenue is closed in both directions between Pauahi Street and Ponahawai Street.  

 

Outbound traffic is open on Hilo Bayfront Highway from Wailoa Bridge. Inbound traffic is diverted to Waianuenue Ave.

 

The Flash Flood Warning has been extended until 5:15 pm by the National Weather Service.  Please stay off the roads if at all possible.  If you must drive, drive with caution as road closures may occur at any time.

 

Thank you for listening.  This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense.

 

 

Friday
Dec022016

Flash Flood Warning Update 11:55 AM Dec 2, 2016

This is a Civil Defense flash flood warning update for Friday, December 2 at 11:55 AM.  The National Weather Service has extended the Flash Flood Warning for Hawaii County until 2:15 PM today.  

 

Heavy rain is falling across the districts of North and South Hilo, Puna and Ka’u.  A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring in streams, roads, and low lying areas.  Do not cross fast flowing water in your vehicle or on foot.

 

Hawaii Police Department reports multiple landslides and intermittent lane closures along the Hamakua coast.  

 

Highway 11 is now closed in both directions near Kawa Flats in Ka’u near mile markers 58 to 59.  

 

In Hilo, Kamehameha Avenue is closed in both directions between Manono Street and Ponahawai Street.  

 

Hilo Bayfront Highway is also closed in both directions between Waianuenue Avenue and Wailoa Bridge.

 

The Flash Flood Warning may need to be extended by the National Weather Service beyond 2:15 PM if heavy rains persist.  Please stay off the roads if at all possible.  If you must drive, drive with caution as road closures may occur at any time.

 

Thank you.  This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense

Friday
Dec022016

This is a Civil Defense flash flood warning update for Friday, December 2  at 9:45 AM.  The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Hawaii County until 11:15 AM today.  Rain gage readings indicate heavy rain falling across the districts of North and South Hilo, Puna and Ka’u.

 

Hawaii Police Department reports multiple landslides and intermittent lane closures along the Hamakua coast.  

 

Highway 11 is now closed in both directions near Kawa Flats in Ka’u near mile markers 58 to 59 due to flooding.  

 

In Hilo, Kamehameha Avenue is closed in both directions between Manono Street and Ponahawai Street.  

 

Hilo Bayfront Highway is also closed in both directions between Waianuenue Avenue and Wailoa Bridge.

 

A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring in streams, roads, and low lying areas.  Do not cross fast flowing water in your vehicle or on foot.  Turn around, don’t drown.

 

The Flash Flood Warning may need to be extended by the National Weather Service beyond 11:15 AM if heavy rains persist.  Please drive safely as road closures may occur at anytime.  Stay off the roads if at all possible.

 

Thank you.  This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Tuesday
Nov292016

DECEMBER 1, 2016 SIREN AND EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM TEST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 29, 2016
 
HONOLULU — The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency monthly test of the statewide outdoor siren warning system, coordinated with the test of the live audio broadcast segment of the Emergency Alert System, is scheduled for Thursday, December 1, 2016, at 11:45 a.m.
 
The siren test is a steady one minute tone on all sirens. The steady tone is used to alert the public to any emergency that may pose a threat to life and property. Besides natural hazards, the Emergency Alert System could be used for terrorist incidents or acts of war.
 
Contact your county civil defense/emergency management agency to report siren operations issues:
Hawaii: (808) 935-0031
Maui: (808) 270-7285
City and County of Honolulu: (808) 723-8960
Kauai: (808) 241-1800
 
Oahu residents in areas surrounding Campbell Industrial Park, Honokai Hale, Makakilo, Kapolei Regional Park, Kapolei Golf Course, and the Coast Guard Station at Kalaeloa may also hear a “whooping” tone following the Siren Test. This “whooping” tone is a test of the Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) siren warning group that will be activated in the event of a HAZMAT incident. Contact the City and County of Honolulu Department of Emergency Management at (808) 723-8960 for more information on the HAZMAT Incident outdoor siren warning test.
 
When the siren signal is sounded in your area, tune to any local radio or television station for emergency information and instructions broadcast by emergency management agencies. Participating stations will carry a detailed explanation of what the sirens mean, as well as other related information, during the monthly test.
 
Tests of outdoor warning sirens and the Emergency Alert System are conducted simultaneously, normally on the first working day of the month, in cooperation with Hawaii’s broadcasting industry. Emergency management and disaster preparedness information is located in the front section of telephone directories in all counties.
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Media Contact:
Mary Zanakis
Public Information Officer
808.620.5422
mary.k.zanakis@hawaii.gov
Tuesday
Nov082016

High Surf Warning and Beach Closure Information Update for November 9, at 7:52 AM

The National Weather Service has cancelled the High Surf Warning for north facing shores of the Island of Hawaii.

A High Surf Advisory remains in effect for north facing shores until 6 PM this evening.  All beach parks will be open today.

Thank you.  This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense

 

 

Monday
Nov072016

Hawaiian Telcom Services Fully Restored for Area Affected Earlier Today

This is a Civil Defense telephone outage update for Monday November 7, 2016 at 4:30 PM.

Hawaiian Telcom reports that telephone, internet, and cell phone services, including 911 services, have been restored for the areas of Pahala through Hawaiian Ocean View Estates up to Kailua-Kona. 

This is the final update on this incident.

Thank you. This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Tuesday
Oct112016

Travel-Related Case of Zika Reported on Hawai'i Island, Mosquito Control Measures Taken

 

The State Department of Health’s Hawai’i Island District Health Office and the County of Hawai’i jointly announced today a single imported case of Zika virus on Hawai’i Island. This is the first travel-related case of Zika in Hawai’i County this year confirmed by the DOH State Laboratories Division. The Hawai’i resident has a history of recent travel to the South Pacific, and is past the point of being infectious to mosquitoes. Hawai’i has no locally acquired Zika cases at this time, and no mosquitoes are transmitting the disease within the state.

A DOH Vector Control team was sent to visit the individual’s residence and place of employment to survey the areas for mosquitoes, and treated any areas of concern to reduce mosquitoes and breeding sites. DOH continues to coordinate closely with its county partners to assure a targeted and efficient response.

“The County of Hawai’i is working with the Department of Health to take proactive steps to assess affected areas for mosquito activity, educate communities, and treat mosquito breeding sites,” said Civil Defense Administrator Ed Teixeira. “This event is a reminder that we all need to remain vigilant and take steps to prevent mosquito bites especially when traveling to affected areas worldwide, and eliminate mosquitoes by emptying standing water where they can breed.”

Zika continues to spread in multiple regions across the world, and imported or travel-related cases are expected to increase this year. Travelers are advised to prevent infection while traveling by using repellant and by staying away from mosquitoes. Travelers should also prevent mosquito bites when they return from areas with mosquito borne disease outbreaks, as well as monitor their health and see their healthcare provider about illness occurring in the 2–3 weeks after return from travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends special precautions for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. Pregnant women should not travel to areas with Zika. If travel cannot be avoided, women should consult with their healthcare providers first and vigilantly follow steps to protect themselves from mosquitoes.

For more tips on how to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne viruses, visit  fightthebitehawaii.com.

For travel guidance, visit  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information.

For information on Zika and pregnancy, visit  http://www.cdc.gov/zika/pregnancy/index.html

For information on reported Hawai’i cases this year, visit  http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/dib/disease/mosquito-borne-diseases/.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

T. Ilihia Gionson, County of Hawai’i
t.ilihia.gionson@hawaiicounty.gov

Jason Dela Cruz, Hawai’i District Health Office, Department of Health
808-974-6010

Monday
Oct032016

Puna Geothermal Release Information for Monday October 3 at 4:30 AM

This is a Civil Defense message for Monday October 3.  At 2:30 AM today, Puna Geothermal (PGV) reported a release of steam at their plant. PGV also reports that the situation has been contained and secured. Based on all available data, there is no threat to the public and no evacuation is necessary. Fire Department is on scene and Civil Defense will continue to monitor.