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Lava Flow Crosses Fire Break – Brush Fire Reignited

The lava flow has gone over the fire break line that was designed to hopefully contain the fires that were happening from the Puna Lava Flow and a brush fire has reignited in the Hawaiian Home Lands area of Puna.

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Brush fire at 12:50 this afternoon

Another fire break line is currently being made to hopefully protect residents and businesses in the affected area of Hawaiian Home Lands.

Pu'u O'o erupting on the left... Brush fire down the slope on the right.

Pu’u O’o erupting on the left… Brush fire down the slope on the right.

Civil Defense is waiting for an update from Hawaii County Fire Department to make an assessment on their plan of actions.

A shelter will be set up at the Pahoa Community Center if an evacuation is ordered.  In the mean time… here is the Civil Defense Message that was published before the brush fire broke out.

This is an eruption and lava flow information update for Thursday January 15th at 11:30 AM.

Today’s helicopter over flight and assessment will be delayed however preliminary ground assessments show that the original flow front and south margin breakout remain stalled. A breakout along the north side of the flow is active and has advanced down slope to an area near the stalled front. This current active down slope breakout has advanced approximately 200 yards per day over the past two days and is located 0.6 miles from the area of Highway 130 to the west or mauka of the Pahoa Police and Fire Stations. Two breakouts along the north margin approximately 1-1.5 miles further upslope or behind the flow front remain active and a more thorough assessment will be performed later today. The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency and Hawaiian Volcano Observatory are maintaining close observations of the flow. All current activity does not pose a threat to area communities and residents and businesses down slope will be informed of any changes in flow activity and advancement.

With the ongoing dry weather conditions, brush fire activity related to the lava flow is likely. Hawaii Fire Department personnel and equipment are on scene and monitoring the fire conditions. There is currently no fire threat to area residents and properties.

Smoke and vog conditions were heavy with a southwest wind blowing the smoke in a northeast direction over the areas of lower Puna through Hilo. Smoke conditions may increase in some areas and individuals who may be sensitive or have respiratory problems are advised to take necessary precautions and to remain indoors.

Additional updates will be broadcast as conditions change.

On behalf of the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency and our partners we would like to thank everyone for your assistance and cooperation.

Lava Flow 0.7 Miles From Crossing Highway 130

This is an eruption and lava flow Information Update for Monday October 27th at 2:30PM.

Photo via Ena Media (http://www.enamediahawaii.com/)

The lava flow crosses Cemetery Road on its way into Pahoa Town.  Photo via Ena Media (http://www.enamediahawaii.com/)

The flow continues to remain active and has advanced approximately 35 yards since this morning at 6:40AM.  The flow front is currently moving in a northeast direction and is approximately 70 yards from the nearest residential property. The flow advancement has been inconsistent however averaging approximately 5 yards per hour.

Smoke conditions were light to moderate with moderate trade winds from the northeast pushing the smoke in a south southwest direction. Smoke conditions may increase in some areas and residents down wind that may be sensitive or have respiratory problems are advised to take necessary precautions and to remain indoors.

Lower Puna RoadsBased on the current flow location, direction and advancement, residents in the flow path were placed on an evacuation advisory and notified of possible need for evacuation beginning last night.  The evacuation advisory for those residents down slope of the flow will continue and residents will be kept informed of the flow status and advancement.

The Pahoa Village Road between Apa’a Street and the Post Office Road will remain closed and limited to area residents only. In addition, Civil Defense and public safety personnel will be operating in the area round the clock to maintain close observations of flow activity.

Additional updates will be broadcasted as conditions change.

Pahoa Village Road Closed Near Post Office Because of Impending Lava Flow

This is a lava flow and evacuation Information Update for Sunday October 26th at 9:30pm.

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The flow continues to remain active and has increased in its advancement rate and speed.  The flow is currently moving at a rate of approximately 15 to 20 yards an hour.  The flow has advanced approximately 170 yards since 9:00 this morning and presently located approximately 600 yards from the Pahoa Village Road.

Based on the current flow location, direction, and advancement rate, residents in the immediate downslope area of the flow path have been advised to prepare for possible evacuation tonight. Other area residents will be kept informed of flow status and any need for evacuation. Civil Defense personnel and community emergency response teams will be going door to door through the immediate area and informing residents of the current flow conditions and possible evacuation. Due to the unpredictability and inconsistency in the flow rate of advancement precautions will be taken to ensure the safety of all residents. Please monitor local radio broadcast for additional information and updates.

As the flow approaches the community, smoke conditions may increase in some areas and residents down wind that may be sensitive or have respiratory problems are advised to take necessary precautions and to remain indoors.

Effective 9:30 PM tonight, Pāhoa Village road will be closed from  Apaʻa Street to Post Office Road and limited to area residents only. In addition, Civil Defense and public safety personnel will be operating in the area round the clock to maintain close observations of flow activity.

Additional updates will be broadcasted as conditions change.

We would like to thank everyone for your patience and understanding and your cooperation and assistacne is greatly appreciated.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Message – Bus Service to Resume Operations at 7:30 Tonight

Tropical Storm Flossie has been downgraded to a Tropical Depression and is presently located approximately 145 miles Northwest of Hilo.

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Although storm conditions have subsided and continue to improve presently, the Kailua Kona area continues to experience strong winds and moderate rain conditions are being reported.

With the improvement in conditions the Mass Transit Bus Service will resume operations effective 7:30 PM tonight with the Hilo to South Kohala Resort route, and return to a normal full schedule beginning tomorrow morning.

In addition, all County parks and beach parks will be opened and scheduled solid waste transfer stations and the Hilo and Puuanahulu Landfills will be reopened starting tomorrow morning. Although the impact of Tropical Storm Flossie may have been relatively moderate, the potential for serious and possibly life threatening storm conditions was present.

The Hawaii County Civil Defense would like to thank the community for your patience and cooperation and for doing your part to prepare for possible impact.

 

 

Hawaii County Civil Defense Update for #Flossie

This is a Civil Defense Message

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This is a Tropical Storm Warning Information Update for Monday July 29th at 1:00 PM.

The Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect.  Tropical Storm Flossie is currently located approximately 65 miles Northeast of Hilo and continues to move in a West Northwest direction at 18 miles per hour.  

Storm force winds are currently being reported in the areas of Punaluu in Kau and the Pahoa and lower areas of the Puna district.  The Hawaii Police Department has reported fallen trees on Highway 132 in the area of the Lava Tree Park and the highway is closed to all traffic at this time.  Crews are on scene working to clear the roadway and a detour has been set up for traffic to proceed through the Leilani Estates Subdivision.

Power outages are also being reported in some areas and HELCO crews are working on repairs to the system. 

The public is advised to remain off the roadways if possible and to anticipate continued storm force winds and possible road hazards. 

Heavy rains and flooding is expected as the storm conditions continue to impact Hawaii Island.  Please monitor your local news and weather forecasts and prepare for continued storm activity.  Additional messages will be broadcasted as information is made available.

Again, the Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect.  Tropical Storm Flossie is currently located approximately 65 miles Northeast of Hilo and continues to move in a West Northwest direction at 18 miles per hour.

Storm force winds are currently being reported in the areas of Punaluu in Kau and the Pahoa and lower areas of the Puna district. The Hawaii Police Department has reported fallen trees on Highway 132 in the area of the Lava Tree Park and the highway is closed to all traffic at this time.  Crews are on scene working to clear the roadway and a detour has been set up for traffic to proceed through the Leilani Estates Subdivision.

Power outages are also being reported in some areas and HELCO crews are working on repairs to the system.  The public is advised to remain off the roadways if possible and to anticipate continued storm force winds and possible road hazards.  Heavy rains and flooding is expected as the storm conditions continue to impact Hawaii Island.  

Please monitor your local news and weather forecasts and prepare for continued storm activity.  

Additional messages will be broadcasted as information is made available.

 

 

Hawaii County Civil Defense Message for Monday July 29th

This is a Civil Defense Message

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This is a Tropical Storm Warning Information Update for Monday July 29th at 7:00 AM.

The National Weather Service is maintaining the Tropical Storm Warning and Flood Watch for Hawaii Island.

Tropical Storm Flossie is presently located approximately 120 miles East Northeast of Hilo and moving West Northwest at 16 MPH.  The system continues to present with sustained winds of 45 MPH with higher gusts, heavy rains and, potential high surf and storm surge conditions.

At the present time, the affects of the storm are expected to impact Hawaii Island around 8:00 AM this morning and continue through the day.  The system will be monitored and the public kept informed of any changes or updates.  The public is reminded that the Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect and to please continue to prepare for possible storm conditions.

The suspension of all mass transit bus services continues to remain in effect however the weather conditions will be evaluated and bus service restored as soon as safely possible. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank everyone for their patience and understanding.  Please continue to monitor your local news and weather forecasts and additional messages will be broadcasted as information is made available.

Again, the National Weather Service is maintaining the Tropical Storm Warning and Flood Watch for Hawaii Island.

Tropical Storm Flossie is presently located approximately 120 miles East Northeast of Hilo and moving West Northwest at 16 MPH.  The system continues to present with sustained winds of 45 MPH with higher gusts, heavy rains and, potential high surf and storm surge conditions.

At the present time, the affects of the storm are expected to impact Hawaii Island around 8:00 AM this morning and continue through the day.  The system will be monitored and the public kept informed of any changes or updates.  The public is reminded that the Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect and to please continue to prepare for possible storm conditions.

The suspension of all mass transit bus services continues to remain in effect however the weather conditions will be evaluated and bus service restored as soon as safely possible. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank everyone for their patience and understanding.

Please continue to monitor your local news and weather forecasts and additional messages will be broadcasted as information is made available.

 

Hawaii County Civil Defense Message… All Employers Encouraged to Limit Operations

This is a Civil Defense Message:

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This is a Tropical Storm Warning Information Update for Sunday July 28th at 8:30 PM.

Tropical Storm Flossie continues to be monitored and storm conditions to include high surf and storm surge and run up are expected to occur late tonight.  High winds, heavy rains, and flooding may begin to affect Hawaii Island early tomorrow morning.  The system will be monitored and additional messages broadcasted as information becomes available.

All employers are encouraged to limit operations to essential employees and emergency operations only.

In the interest of safety the following facilities will be closed tomorrow, Monday July 29th:

All solid waste transfer stations and the Hilo and Puuanahulu landfill

All County Parks and Beach Parks

All State Beach Parks

In addition, non-essential county business to include public meetings and County Council hearings scheduled for Monday and Tuesday are cancelled.

Please continue to monitor your local news and weather forecasts and prepare for storm conditions.

Again, Tropical Storm Flossie continues to be monitored and storm conditions to include high surf and storm surge and run up are expected to occur late tonight.  High winds, heavy rains, and flooding may begin to affect Hawaii Island early tomorrow morning.  The system will be monitored and additional messages broadcasted as information becomes available.

All employers are encouraged to limit operations to essential employees and emergency operations only.

In the interest of safety the following facilities will be closed tomorrow, Monday July 29th:

All solid waste transfer stations and the Hilo and Puuanahulu landfill

All County Parks and Beach Parks

All State Beach Parks

In addition, non-essential county business to include public meetings and County Council hearings scheduled for Monday and Tuesday are cancelled.

Please continue to monitor your local news and weather forecasts and prepare for storm conditions.

 

 

County of Hawaii Directs All Non Essential Employees to Remain Home During Flossie – Urges Employers to do the Same

This is a Tropical Storm Warning Information Update for Sunday July 28th at 6:00 PM.

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Tropical Storm Flossie continues on a westward track and is expected to make land fall on the Big Island Monday morning. High Surf and storm surge may begin to affect the coastal areas late tonight and continue through tomorrow. Strong winds and heavy rains and flooding are expected to begin at approximately 6:00 AM tomorrow morning.

Evacuation Shelters will be open by 4:00 AM tomorrow at the following sites: Pahoa Community Center, Aunty Sally”s Luau Hale, Laupahoehoe Charter School, Honokaa Sports Complex, Waimea Community Center, Hisaoka Gym in North Kohala, Mt. View School, Pahala Community Center, West Hawaii Civic Center.

In an effort to ensure the safety of, and reduce the risk to employees, employers are encouraged to limit staffing to essential employees only. The County of Hawaii will be directing all non essential employees to remain home and County operations will be adjusted for emergency operations.

Again, Tropical Storm Flossie continues on a westward track and is expected to make land fall on the Big Island Monday morning. High surf and storm surge may begin to affect the coastal areas late tonight and continue through tomorrow. Strong winds and heavy rains and flooding are expected to begin at approximately 6:00 AM tomorrow morning.

Evacuation Shelters will be open by 4:00 Am tomorrow at the following sites: Pahoa Community Center, Aunty Sally”s Luau Hale, Laupahoehoe Charter School, Honokaa Sports Complex, Waimea Community Center, Hisaoka Gym in North Kohala, Mt. View School, Pahala Community Center, West Hawaii Civic Center.

In an effort to insure the safety of and reduce the risk to employees, employers are encouraged to limit staffing to essential employees only. The County of Hawaii will be directing all non essential employees to remain home and County operations will be adjusted for emergency operations.

 

Hawaii County Civil Defense Message – Flash Flood Watch Remains in Effect

This is a Civil Defense message:

This is a weather update for Friday morning November 13.

A flash flood watch remains in effect for Hawai’i County. A flash flood watch means that conditions exist that can lead to flooding.

The National Weather Service forecasts intermittent heavy rains to continue until this evening.

All major highways are open at this time with the exception of Bayfront Highway in Hilo which is closed due to high surf.

Again, a flash flood watch remains in effect for Hawai’i County until this evening.

The National Weather Service forecasts intermittent heavy rain until this evening.

Thank you for listening. Have a safe day.

This is your Hawai’i County Civil Defense.

HAWAII COUNTY CIVIL DEFENSE MESSAGE

THIS IS A CIVIL DEFENSE MESSAGE FOR WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, OCT. 7th at 1:45 p.m.

THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER HAS ISSUED A TSUNAMI WATCH FOR THE STATE OF HAWAI’I.

AN EARTHQUAKE WITH A MAGNITUDE OF 8.0 MOMENT/RICHTER.

HAS OCCURRED NEAR VANUATU IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC

A TSUNAMI WATCH IS ISSUED WHEN AN EARTHQUAKE OCCURS THAT MAY GENERATE A TSUNAMI.

THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER IS ASSESSING IF A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED.

IT IS NOT KNOWN – I SAY AGAIN – NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME IF A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED.

IF A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED, THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL FOR THE FIRST WAVE IS 6:50 PM HAWAII STANDARD TIME.

IT IS NOT KNOWN – I SAY AGAIN – NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME IF A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED.

STAYED TUNED TO THIS STATION FOR UPDATED INFORMATION.

THIS IS YOUR HAWAI’I COUNTY CIVIL DEFENSE.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Update for Tuesday, August 11, at 2:45

This is a Civil Defense message.

The National Weather Service reports that Tropical Depression Felicia is dissipating.

The effects of Tropical Depression Felicia are still being felt as localized gusty winds over parts of the island. The strongest winds are near the Kailua-Kona Airport. Winds are forecasted to subside as the day progresses.

The current high surf warning in effect for Hawai’i Island was downgraded to a high surf advisory at 11:48 this morning. Wave heights continue to decrease.

We will continue to monitor Tropical Depression Felicia as it passes North and West of Hawai’i Island.

Unless conditions change that will affect your safety, this will be the last update for Tropical Depression Felicia

Thank you for your diligence during this time and have a safe day.

This is your Hawai’i County Civil Defense.