Hurricane Lane cuts off Hawaii island roads with floods, landslides, downed trees

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The windward side of Hawaii island has been inundated with bands of heavy rain from Hurricane Lane.

Storm conditions have caused flash flooding, landslides, and downed trees in several locations.

Bayfront Highway in Hilo remains closed due to flooding.

At 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, a landslide and rockfall was reported on Saddle Road above Hilo at mile marker 10.5. The road will be closed for several hours as crews work to remove the debris.

Akoni Pule Highway (Highway 270) north of Hawi was closed due to a landslide involving several 20- to 30-foot tall trees. Crews have cleared both lanes for emergency access and will return to complete the work when weather conditions stabilize.

Highway 19 near Honomu experienced more than 14 landslides causing four complete road closures. The road is currently passable, although restricted to one lane in areas.

The Hawaii Police Department also reports that flooding on Kaiulani Street on Reeds Island has prompted the voluntary evacuation of residents.

Kaiulani Street is closed until further notice. Police and fire personnel are going house to house informing residents of severe flooding and recommending evacuation. If residents do not evacuate, first responders may not be able to reach them if the situation becomes too hazardous.

The Red Cross Shelter at Waiakea High School is open to anyone that wants to evacuate. If you choose to do so, use extreme caution traveling to the shelter. If you choose to relocate to a shelter, food is not provided. Please bring your blankets and pillows if possible. However, the shelter is open to everyone with or without these items.

These storm conditions are extremely dangerous and people are advised to stay alert to changing conditions and to be prepared.

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