Lane downgraded to a tropical storm, 24 August 2018

Accessed on 25 August 2018, 0330 UTC, Post #17507.


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Although Hurricane Lane has been downgraded to a tropical storm, it continues to pour torrential rain on parts of Hawaii Island.  Extensive flooding and landslides have impacted the Saddle Road, Highway 19, the Hilo Bayfront Highway, the Kohala Mountain Road, and the Akoni Pule Highway in North Kohala.  Here’s the current status of Hawaii Island roads as of this afternoon (Friday):

“Both lanes of Highway 19 near mile-marker 6 north of Hilo are now open, according to police. But there still is a lot of runoff and ponding in the area.

Highway 19 near Honomu experienced more than 14 landslides, causing four complete road closures. The road remains closed at mile-markers 15, 19, 21 and 28.

Bayfront Highway in Hilo remains closed due to flooding.

Kohala Mountain Road opened as of 11:45 a.m. today.

Akoni Pule Highway (Highway 270) is closed due to a landslide at mile-marker 25.

Traffic on Saddle Road is still reduced to one lane between mile-markers 8 and 12.”

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Until next time,

Russ Roberts