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High Winds in Pahoa Causing Havoc… Knocks Tree Across State Route 132

We have been having a pretty windy day here in Pahoa.

Councilman Fred Blas sign blown over

About a half hour ago I got the following Nixle report:

Route 130 (Pahoa to Kapoho Road) completely blocked by downed tree near 4mm between Lava Tree Park and “Four Corners” intersection.

Well I know that Highway 130 doesn’t even go close to this area and so I traversed down the Pahoa – Kapoho road to investigate things and sure enough… it was Route 132 and not Highway 130.

Emergency Crews on the scene

Traffic was getting turned around and I then received the following message:

Route 130 (Keaau to Pahoa Hwy) low hanging utility wire Makuu Farmers market. Road passable for automobiles, trucks waiting HELCO on scene

Which I guess explains the error in the first message.

A tree service clears the road and the remaining dangerous branches

As I was turning around… I got the following message:

Avoid Route 132 between Lava Tree Park and Kapoho, utilize Pohoiki Rd, multiple trees and power lines falling across roadway on Route 132.

It looked like it was just about cleaned up when I was leaving… but I would still avoid the area until this wind stops. These Albizia trees are just like toothpicks in this wind.

Almost through cleaning them up!