Heavy rain hits the state with major flooding on Hawaii island


It was pouring all day Thursday on Hawaii island.

The county is under a flash flood watch through Friday afternoon, along with Maui and Kauai.

A flash flood warning was in effect for several hours with significant flooding reported in various parts of the island.

The bayfront area of Hilo and Hawaiian Acres area of Puna saw the largest impacts.

In Hawaiian Acres, the intersection of C Road and 9 Road was under two to three feet of water, rendering it impassable.

Pauahi Street in Hilo was also under several feet of water.

The county Public Works Department reported additional road closures in Hilo:

  • Kamehameha Avenue between Pauahi Street and Ponahawai Street,
  • Pauahi Street between Aupuni Street and Kamehameha Avenue,
  • East Kawailani Street between Hoonani Street and Ahuna Street, and
  • Kukila Street in front on Ken’s Towing.

Whether a road is closed or not, drivers should expect delays, plan ahead, and drive with caution during poor conditions.

At 1 p.m., the American Red Cross opened a shelter at Butler Building on Manono Street.

Over on Kauai, Hanalei Elementary was closed Thursday.

Bus services were unavailable for Kapaa High School and Kapaa Middle School students who live from Hanalei to Haena.

Kuhio Highway in the vicinity of the Hanalei Bridge was initially closed. At 3:10 p.m., one lane was oppened

Gray skies covered Oahu and heavy rain remains a possibility.

The flash flood watch applies to Hawaii island, Maui, and Kauai, because the ground there is already so saturated, even a small amount of rain could lead to flooding.

There is a cluster of thunderstorms south of Kauai and Oahu that could move over Kauai Thursday night and early Friday.

Conditions will start to clear on Saturday.

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