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High wind and surf causes for the Hawaiian Islands

This is a Hawaii County Civil Defense Winter Storm update message for 7:30 p.m., February 10, 2019.

Hawaii Electric Light is advising customers to be prepared for extended periods of power disruption due to hazardous weather conditions.

Crews will continue with power restoration efforts when it is safe to do so. If you have a life-threatening emergency call 911 for medical, fire or police assistance.

You will be kept informed of any changes that may affect your safety.

Thank you for listening, this is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

This is a Hawaii County Civil Defense Winter Storm update message for 5 p.m., February 10, 2019.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind and High Surf Warning for the Big Island. The onset of the winds and waves have begun in some areas. All persons are advised that the peak period for this storm and impacts are forecast for later tonight into Monday morning for the Big Island.

Due to the conditions, the following are in effect:

  • Secure outdoor property that may be damaged or cause injury to others.
  • Oceanfront residents should be prepared for wave run-up due to large surf.
  • Complete all preparations before nightfall.
  • Power outages may occur without warning.
  • Treat all down utility lines as live and stay clear and notify authorities.

On utilities:

  • Hawaii Electric Light is asking Hawaii Island customers to conserve electricity between 6-8 p.m.
  • Department of Water Supply has issued a water restriction for North Kohala from Hawi to Makapala. Due to the power outages of these wells, the Department of Water Supply has no power. Residents are asked to limit water use to drinking and health purposes only until power is restored.

On closures:

  • All county and state beach parks and campsites are closed.
  • Waipio Valley, Laupahoehoe Road, and South Point Road are closed and open to residents only.
  • Bayfront Highway is Closed between Pauahi Street to Waianuenue Avenue.

You will be kept updated on any changes that may affect your safety.

The strong winds can send trees, branches, and other objects into roadways, power lines and/or equipment. Winds this strong can damage roofs and cause flying debris if outdoor items are not properly tied down. These winds can make driving difficult especially for high profile vehicles. The winds can also forcefully swing doors open or shut so use caution when opening or closing vehicle doors.

Hawaii Electric Light Company (HELCO) reminds people that if you see a downed power line you should stay as far away as possible and report any damage or outages to their dispatch center at (808) 969-6666.

Mauna Kea Access Road CLOSED

8:40 a.m., Sunday, February 10, 2019.

The access road to the summit of Maunakea is closed to the public at the Visitor Information Station at the 9,200 feet level due to below freezing temperatures and high winds in excess of 110 mph, gusting to over 140 mph. The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for Hawaii Island summits until 6 p.m. Monday.

Rangers will continue to monitor road and weather conditions and this message will be updated accordingly.

The Maunakea Rangers thank you for your patience and understanding.

Maunakea Rangers

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