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Sunday
Jul242016

Tropical Storm Darby Update for Sunday July 24 at 7 PM

This is a Civil Defense message.
This is the last Tropical Storm Darby update.
Tropical Storm Darby continues to move further away from the Big Island, and Hawaii Electric Light crews have completed power restoration efforts for the entire island as of 5 PM today.
Civil Defense sincerely appreciates the public’s efforts to be storm ready. For up to date emergency information sign up for emergency message services at hawaiicounty.gov. 
Mahalo to our broadcast community for keeping the public informed.
Thank you for listening, this is your Hawai’i County Civil Defense.

 

Sunday
Jul242016

Tropical Storm Darby Update for Sunday July 24 at 4 PM

This is a Civil Defense message.

 

This is a Tropical Storm Darby update as of Sunday July 24th at 4:00 PM.

 

As Darby continues to move away from the Big Island, the Flash Flood Watch for Hawaii County has been cancelled. The Department of Health Brown Water Advisory remains in effect. The public is asked to stay out of flood waters and storm water runoff due to possible contamination. If the water is brown, stay out.

 

DLNR reports salvage efforts for the sunken vessel off the shoreline of the Old Airport Park in Kailua-Kona are nearly complete. Public shoreline access trails have reopened.

 

Hawaii Electric Light crews continue to work to restore isolated power outages on the island.

 

The County Lava Viewing program will resume Monday, however, please exercise caution since work crews and heavy equipment may be in the area.  

 

The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park reports lava viewing is open from within the Park.

 

All County offices will be open for normal business hours tomorrow. 

 

Continue to monitor your local radio broadcasts for information updates.

 

Thank you for listening, this is your Hawai’i County Civil Defense.

Sunday
Jul242016

Tropical Storm Darby Update for Sunday July 24 at 12:30 PM

This is a Tropical Storm Darby update as of Sunday July 24th at 12:30 PM.

The Tropical Storm Warning for Hawai’i County has been cancelled as of 5 AM as Darby continues to move away from the Big Island.

The High Surf Warning for Hawai’i County has also been cancelled.

A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for Hawaiʻi County through today.

A Brown Water Advisory has been issued for Hawai’i County due to heavy rains. The public is advised to stay out of flood waters and storm water runoff due to possible contamination. If the water is brown, stay out.

DLNR reports a small vessel has run aground and sunk near the Old Airport Park in Kailua-Kona. The public is advised to stay out of the public shoreline access trails fronting Kona Bay Estates subdivision.  Salvage operations are being coordinated with the responsible private party. We ask for the public’s patience and understanding as clean up efforts continue.

Hawaii Electric Light crews continue to work to restore isolated power outages on the island.

The Hele-On Bus has resumed its regularly scheduled service.

Solid waste transfer stations and landfills are open as normally scheduled.

County parks and recreational facilities, including the Pana’ewa Zoo and Hilo Municipal Golf Course, are open today. The County Lava Viewing program will resume Monday, however, please exercise caution since work crews and heavy equipment may be in the area.  The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park reports lava viewing is open from within the National Park.

There are no road closures at this time.

Emergency shelters have closed.

All County offices will be open for normal business hours tomorrow.  Continue to monitor your local radio broadcasts for information updates.

Thank you for listening, this is your Hawai’i County Civil Defense.

Sunday
Jul242016

Tropical Storm Darby Update for Sunday July 24 at 5 AM

This is a Civil Defense message.
This is a Tropical Storm Darby update as of Sunday July 24th at 5 AM.
The Tropical Storm Warning for Hawai’i County has been cancelled as of 5 AM as Darby continues to move away from the Big Island.
The High Surf Warning for Hawai’i County has also been cancelled.
A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for Hawaiʻi County as rain bands around Darby will continue to bring showers and thunderstorms through this afternoon.
A Brown Water Advisory has also been issued for Hawai’i County due to heavy rains. The public is advised to stay out of flood waters and storm water runoff due to possible contamination. If the water is brown, stay out.
HELCO crews continue to work to restore pocket power outages in Puna.
The Hele-On Bus has resumed its regularly scheduled service.
Solid waste transfer stations and landfills will also be open as normally scheduled.
County parks and recreational facilities, including the Pana’ewa Zoo and Hilo Municipal Golf Course, will reopen today. County Lava Viewing will resume Monday.
Umauma Bridge on Highway 19 in Hamakua has reopened, as has Highway 11 at the 58-59 mile marker in Kaʻu.
Emergency shelters will close at 8 AM this morning.
Continue to monitor your local radio broadcasts for information updates.
Thank you for listening, this is your Hawai’i County Civil Defense.
Saturday
Jul232016

Tropical Storm Darby Update for Saturday July 23 at 11 PM

This is a Civil Defense message.

This is a Tropical Storm Darby update as of Saturday July 23rd at 11 PM.

A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Hawai’i County.

A flash flood warning is in effect for Hawai’i County until 12:30 AM Sunday, and a High Surf Warning is in effect for east facing shores of Hawai’i County until 6 PM Sunday.

A Brown Water Advisory has also been issued for Hawai’i County due to heavy rains. The public is advised to stay out of flood waters and storm water runoff due to possible contamination. If the water is brown, stay out.

As of 11 PM, the National Weather Service reports Tropical Storm Darby is located about 55 miles West of Kailua-Kona, moving away from Hawai’i Island to the West-Northwest at 10 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds are 40 miles per hour with higher gusts.

HELCO crews are working through the night to restore pocket outages in Puna, Hilo, and Hamakua.

The Hele-On Bus will resume its regularly scheduled service on Sunday morning beginning with the 3:15 AM Hilo to Waikoloa bus.

Solid waste transfer stations and landfills will be open as normally scheduled.

County parks and recreational facilities, including the Pana’ewa Zoo and Hilo Municipal Golf Course, will reopen tomorrow. Lava Viewing will resume Monday.

Umauma Bridge on Highway 19 will reopen at midnight tonight.

The remaining emergency shelters will close at 8 AM Sunday morning.

Continue to monitor your local radio broadcasts for information updates.
Saturday
Jul232016

Tropical Storm Darby Update for Saturday July 23 at 8 PM

This is a Civil Defense message.

This is a Tropical Storm Darby update as of Saturday July 23rd at 8 PM.

The flash flood warning has been downgraded to a flood advisory for Puna and Ka’u districts. A High Surf Warning for east facing shores and a Tropical Storm Warning for the entire island remains in effect for Hawaii County.

As of 8 PM, the National Weather Service reports Tropical Storm Darby is located about 25 miles Southwest of Kailua-Kona moving to the West at 11 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds are 40 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Rain and wind from Tropical Storm Darby are affecting the Big Island. Residents are advised to stay off the road if at all possible. Should power be lost or access be blocked-ensure you have ice, water, prescription medications, oxygen, backup power and fuel if needed.

The Hele-On Bus will resume its regularly scheduled service on Sunday morning beginning with 3:15 AM Hilo to Waikoloa bus.

Solid waste transfer stations and landfills will be open as normally scheduled.

Umauma Bridge on Highway 19 remains closed with a detour through Old Mamalahoa Highway.

HELCO crews are working through the night to restore outages in Puna and Kohala. Water customers in Hawi and Makapala area are asked to conserve water tonight.

For emergency shelter information go to hawaiicounty.gov

Continue to monitor your local radio broadcasts for information updates.

Thank you for listening, this is your Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Saturday
Jul232016

Tropical Storm Darby Update for Saturday July 23 at 4 PM

This is a Tropical Storm Darby update as of Saturday July 23rd at 4 PM.

A flash flood warning has been issued for the Puna and Ka’u Districts of the Big Island until 5 PM today. The poorly-defined center of Darby is forecast to pass over the Big Island today. Tropical Storm Darby is coming ashore in the Ka’u district.

Darby will weaken over the next couple of days. However, locally strong winds and heavy rain will remain possible for a while longer. A High Surf Warning for east facing shores and a Tropical Storm Warning for the entire island remains in effect for Hawaii County.

As of 2 PM today, the National Weather Service reports Tropical Storm Darby is located about 45 miles South of Hilo moving to the West-North-West at 10 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds are 40 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Rain and wind from Tropical Storm Darby are now affecting the Big Island. Residents are advised to stay off the road if at all possible.

Should power be lost or access be blocked-ensure you have ice, water, prescription medications, oxygen, backup power and fuel if needed.

To keep everyone safe, all State and County park facilities and remote areas of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park are closed until further notice.

Hele-On Bus service is suspended today. Solid waste transfer stations and landfills are closed today.

Umauma Bridge on Highway 19 remains closed with a detour through Old Mamalahoa Highway.

The following pet friendly Emergency Shelters remain open: Kea’au High, Pahoa High, Honoka’a High and Intermediate, Kealakehe High, and Ka’u High.   Shelters at Hilo High and Mountain View Elementary remain open but are not able to accommodate pets. For additional shelter information go to hawaiicounty.gov

Continue to monitor your local radio broadcasts for information updates.

Thank you for listening, this is your Hawaii County Civil Defense.
Saturday
Jul232016

Tropical Storm Darby update --Saturday July 23rd 11 AM

This is a Tropical Storm Darby update as of Saturday July 23rd 11 AM.

The flash flood warning for the Big Island has been downgraded to a flood advisory.  A flood advisory means minor, general or area flooding is occurring, imminent or highly likely in flood prone areas. The High Surf Warning for east facing shores and a Tropical Storm Warning for the entire island remains in effect for Hawaii County.

As of 11 AM today, Tropical Storm Darby is located about 60 miles south-southeast of Hilo moving to the west at 10 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds are 45 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Rain and wind from Tropical Storm Darby are affecting the Big Island. Residents are urged to stay off the road if at all possible.

Should power be lost or access be blocked-ensure you have prescription medications, ice, water, oxygen, backup power and fuel if needed.

To keep everyone safe, all State and County park facilities and remote areas of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park are closed until further notice.

Hele-On Bus service is suspended today. Solid waste transfer stations and landfills are closed today.

Umauma Bridge on Highway 19 remains closed with a detour through Old Mamalahoa Highway.

For a list of County Emergency Shelters and the details of this message, go to hawaiicounty.gov

Monitor your local radio broadcasts for information updates.

Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Friday
Jul222016

Emergency Shelters: 

If possible and safe, please shelter in place or with friends and family. If you need to evacuate, here is a list of pet friendly shelters available.

You will need to bring bedding, food, water and any other items you may need. Shelters are now open.

Pet friendly:

  • Keaau High
  • Pahoa High
  • Honokaa High and Intermediate
  • Kealakehe High
  • Ka’u High

Unable to accommodate pets:

  • Hilo High
  • Mountain View Elementary
Friday
Jul082016

Siren sounding at 9:50 p.m. on July 8, 2016 was due to a malfunction, there is no emergency 

Aloha,

The recent island wide Civil Defense siren system sounding at approximately 9:50 p.m. tonight, July 8, 2016 occurred due to a malfunction.  There is no emergency.  Again, the 9:50 p.m. Civil Defense siren system sounding tonight occurred due to a malfunction.  There is no emergency.

Thank you very much and have a safe evening.