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Friday
Nov172017

Mauna Kea Summit Road Closed Due to High Winds

This is a Civil Defense High Wind Warning and Road Closure message for Friday afternoon, November 17, at 1 PM .

The National Weather Service reports a High Wind Warning is in effect for the summit areas of Hawaii Island from now through the weekend. This High Wind Warning means that winds at the summits are expected to be at least 56 mph, with gusts over 66 mph. Travel to summit areas should be delayed until winds subside. 

As a result of the high wind conditions, the Mauna Kea Summit Road is closed.

 

You will be informed as conditions change. Thank you. This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Thursday
Nov162017

Hawaiian Ocean View Estates (HOVE) Deep Well Message for Thursday, November 16 at 3:15 PM

The Department of Water Supply (DWS) has issued a Deepwell breakdown message for today, November 16, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
At this time, the HOVE Deepwell in Ocean View, Kaʻū is down. Troubleshooting is being done to further analyze the problem, determine the needed repairs, and develop an estimated repair timeline. DWS is monitoring consumption and tank levels.
Due to this breakdown, the following are in effect:
1. The drinking water spigots remain open for community access. While water spigots remain open for general community access, users are asked to limit their consumption to potable needs only. Your cooperation extends current water availability in the reservoir.
2. The standpipe facility for water haulers is closed until repairs can be completed. Water haulers will be able to access standpipe facilities in Nāʻālehu for their water hauling needs.
Again, the HOVE Deepwell in Ocean View, Kaʻū is down. The drinking water spigot station remains open for community access. The standpipe facility is now closed to water haulers. Troubleshooting the repair continues. Updated information will be forthcoming as it becomes available.
The Department requests your cooperation, patience, and understanding during this emergency. If you need additional information, please contact 961-8790.
Thursday
Nov092017

High Surf Advisory for Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 7:45 AM

This is a High Surf Advisory message for Wednesday morning, November 15 at 7:45.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory for the East facing shores of Hawaii Island from today through tomorrow.  Surf is forecasted up to 10 feet. The highest threat will coincide with the high tides, which will occur at 1 PM today and 2 AM tomorrow morning. A High Surf Advisory means there is a threat to life and property from the surf.

Due to the High Surf Advisory, the following are in effect:

Oceanfront residents and beachgoers along the affected shores are advised to be on the alert for high and dangerous surf.

As a precaution, boat owners and oceanfront residents should take action to secure their property before nightfall.

Closures of roads and beaches may occur without notice.

This website will be updated and you will be informed of any conditions that may affect your safety. Thank you. Have a safe day, this is your Hawai’i County Civil Defense Agency.

Wednesday
Nov082017

Highway 11 Now Open Between Pahala and Volcano

This is a Civil Defense message.  This is a Road Closure information update for Wednesday November 8, 2017 at 8:45 am.

Hawaii Police Department reports that Highway 11 at the 47 Mile Marker between Pahala and Volcano in Kau is now open to all traffic. Motorists are advised to expect delays and to drive with caution in the area.

This page will be updated and you will be informed of any conditions that may affect your safety.

Thank you for listening, have a safe day, this is your Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Monday
Oct302017

Earthquake Information Message

This is a Civil Defense Message for Tuesday, November 7 at 11:50 AM. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports that a 6.6 magnitude earthquake occurred at 11:27 AM today off Papua New Guinea. Based on on all available data a tsunami is not expected and there is NO TSUNAMI THREAT for the Island or State of Hawaii. There is NO TSUNAMI THREAT to Hawaii.

Monday
Oct232017

Flash Flood Warning Update for Tuesday, October 24 at 2:00 PM

The National Weather Service reports a Flash Flood Warning remains in effect for portions of South Hilo and Puna only. A Flash Flood Warning means dangerous flooding is occurring or imminent; and may pose a threat to life and property. Heavy thunder showers are expected to continue through this afternoon.

The following roads closures remain:

  • In Hilo, Kamehameha Avenue is closed from Pauahi Street to Ponahawai Street.
  • Also in Hilo, Railroad Avenue is now open, but Kukila Street remains closed.
  • Wood Valley Road remains closed.
  • Be advised to avoid these areas and use alternate routes. 

All other roads are open at this time. Due to occasional heavy downpours, driving conditions are poor. Be on the alert for additional possible road closures.

Due to the thunderstorm, your utilities of power and phones may be interrupted. If lightning threatens your area, the safest place to be is indoors.

Should power outages occur, be on the alert for non-operable traffic signals. Please treat flashing traffic lights as a four-way stop.

Again, the National Weather Service reports Flash Flood Warning now in effect for South Hilo. Heavy thundershowers are expected to continue through this afternoon.

This website will be updated and you will be informed of any conditions that may affect your safety.

Thank you, have a safe day, this is your Hawaii County Civil Defense.

 

Text Message:

Civil Defense Update at 2 PM: National Weather Service reports a Flash Flood Warning remains in effect for South Hilo and Puna only. Kamehameha Avenue in Hilo is closed from Pauahi Street to Ponahawai Street. For more closures/advisories: www.hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts  

Sunday
Oct082017

6.7 Magnitude Earthquake, No Tsunami Threat to Hawaii

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center confirms that the 6.7 magnitude earthquake the occurred today, October 8, 2017 at 12:35 PM today off the Aleutian Islands in Alaska DID NOT cause a TSUNAMI THREAT for the Island or State of Hawaii. There is NO TSUNAMI THREAT to Hawaii.

Thursday
Sep072017

Tsunami Information Update for Thursday, September 7 at 8:15 pm

This is a Civil Defense Message for Thursday, September 7 at 8:15 PM. 

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center confirms that the earthquake that occurred at 6:50 tonight HST off Mexico did not cause a TSUNAMI THREAT for the Island or State of Hawaii.

I repeat, there is NO TSUNAMI THREAT to the Island or State of Hawaii from the Mexico earthquake which occurred at 6:50 tonight HST off Mexico.

As a precaution, be aware of possible strong currents or higher than normal sea levels, especially between 3 AM and 5 AM tomorrow morning.

I repeat, NO TSUNAMI THREAT to the State or Island of Hawaii from the earthquake that occurred tonight off Mexico.

Thank you for listening.  Have a safe night.  This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Thursday
Sep072017

North Kona Emergency Proclamation 

WHEREAS, Chapter 127A Hawai’i 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 of Hawai’i.

WHEREAS, Chapter 127A Hawai’i Revised Statutes and Chapter 7, Articles 1 and 2 of the Hawaii 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, on January 12, 2017 the County of Hawai’i Department of Water Supply (“Department of Water Supply”) issued a Notice of Water Restriction for North Kona asking users to reduce consumption by 25% due to four wells being under repairs or offline; and

WHEREAS, on February 17, 2017 the Department of Water Supply issued a Water Restriction Notice Reminder, and also the Keopu Deepwell had failed after being initially repaired; and

WHEREAS, on June 26, 2107 and again on August 3, 2017 the Department of Water Supply posted a FAQ’s for North Kona Water Restriction on the Department of Water Supply’s website which included a warning that should another well source fail that rotating water shut-offs could occur; and

WHEREAS, although the Department of Water Supply issued repeated Notices asking for reduction in use and warning of loss of water supply there has not been significant reduction in usage; and

WHEREAS, on August 13, 2017 the Honokohau Deepwell failed increasing the lack of available water supply; and

WHEREAS, due to the possibility of imminent disaster due to property damage and/or bodily injury to residents of the District of North Kona, 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, Hawaii County Code.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, HARRY KIM, Mayor of the County of Hawaii, do hereby proclaim and declare that a state of emergency exists due threat of imminent disaster in the District of North Kona, Hawaii Island, effective September 6, 2017, and continuing thereon for 60 days or until further act by this office.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my handnd caused the Seal of the County of Hawai’i to be affixed. Done this 6th day of September 2017 in Hilo, Hawaii.

HARRY KIM Mayor County of Hawaii 

Please view the Original Emergency Proclamation

Sunday
Sep032017

Highway 19 Now Open, Update for Monday, September 4 at 11:30 AM

This is a Civil Defense Update: Hawaii Police Department reports Highway 19 is now open to all traffic in the Honomu area. For more details, go to www.nixle.us/9KFYZ