This is a Tropical Storm Darby update for Saturday July 23nd at 5:30 AM.
The National Weather Service issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Hawaii County. A High Surf Warning for east facing shores is also in effect. A Flash Flood Advisory is in effect for Hawaii County.
As of 5 AM today, Tropical Storm Darby is located about 100 miles southeast of Hilo moving to the west at 9 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds are 50 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 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.
Thank you for listening, this is your Hawaii County Civil Defense.