Hurricane Lane Update, 23 August 2018

Accessed on 23 August 2018, 1939 UTC, Post #17491.


Email message from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.


Here’s the current status of Hurricane Lane from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

“A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII

This is a Civil Defense hurricane update for Thursday, August 23 at 7:00 in the morning.

The Hurricane Warning issued by the Central Pacific Hurricane Center continues for Hawaii County. A Hurricane Warning is issued when hurricane conditions of damaging winds, damaging surf, and flooding rains are possible within 36 hours.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center reports as of 5:00 am that Hurricane Lane is a category 4 hurricane located approximately 210 miles SSW of Kailua-Kona with sustained winds of 130 mph, moving NW at approximately 7 mph. Due to the slowing of the hurricane, dangerous heavy rains and flooding are occurring in east Hawaii. Due to the heavy rain, the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for the windward side of the island. At this time, the slowing of the hurricane has also diminished the immediate threat of hurricane conditions of wind, rain, and surf on the west side of the island.

Due to the Flash Flood Warning, the following closures are in effect:

  • All non-emergency County operations are suspended, including transfer stations. The Hele On bus service will remain open.
  • Numerous major and secondary roads are closed. Due to the extreme hazards created from the heavy rain, stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.

Although there are no imminent threats to the west side of the island, residents should stay alert and informed as conditions may change at any time. Weather conditions are being monitored and you will be informed of any changes that may affect your safety.

Thank you and have a safe day. This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.”

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Until next time,

Russ Roberts