Accessed on 23 August 2018, 2015 UTC, Post # 17493.
Reporter: John Burnett (“Hawaii Tribune-Herald”).
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Hurricane Lane has slowed to a crawl as it dumps heavy rain over East Hawaii, causing floods, landslides, and road closures. As of 5:45 a.m. this morning, flooding has closed the Hilo Bayfront Highway and landslides have blocked Highway 19 near Honomu.
“Hawaii Tribune-Herald” reporter John Burnett discussed the storm with National Weather Service meteorologist Deanna Marks. Here are the highlights of that conversation:
“As of 7:45 a.m. Hilo International Airport’s rain gauge showed 13.28 inches had fallen in the prior 24 hours. Other gauges with significant rainfall include: Waiakea Experimental Station, 17.68 inches; Waiakea Uka, 12.43 inches; Hakalau, 11.36 inches; Pahoa, 5.86 inches; Glenwood, 8.16 inches; Kulani, 8.10 inches. Some leeward areas received significant rainfall, as well, including Kapapala Ranch, 4.51 inches; and Pahala, 3.74 inches.
West Hawaii saw significantly less rainfall, although Waikii measured 1.54 inches, Kahua Ranch saw 1.96 inches, Ahumoa had 1.73 inches and normally parched Waikoloa measured 0.46 inches.
“We’re looking for winds and heavy rainfall to persist the next couple of days,” National Weather Service meteorologist Deanna Marks told emergency workers at county Civil Defense headquarters in Hilo this morning.
Marks said thunderstorms remain a possibility.
Lane is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 10 to 20 inches, with localized amounts in excess of 30 inches over the Hawaiian Islands.
A high surf warning is also in effect for south-facing shores and surf is expected to rise between 7-10 feet today, rising to 10-15 feet tonight, then 10-20 feet on Friday.
As Lane is slow-moving, large swells generated by the hurricane will severely impact the Hawaiian Islands over the next couple of days. These swells will produce very large and damaging surf along exposed west and south facing shorelines. A prolonged period of high surf will likely lead to significant coastal erosion.”
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