Lava News: Morning Update, Wednesday, 10/29/14

According to Hawaii Volcano Observatory, the leading edge of the flow “continues to advance northeast towards Pahoa Village Road through the first residential parcel it entered” at a rate of  about 5.5 yards per hour:  “If the flow continues in this manner, we expect it to cross Pahoa Village Road between Apa`a St and Post Office Road.”  County Civil Defense reported at 8:15 p.m.  that the flow had advanced about 90 yards since 6:30 last night and was a bout 280 yards from Pahoa Village Road. Civil Defense estimated that the rate of  flow was averaging about 10 yards per hour.  Smoke conditions were “moderate” with trade winds pushing the smoke to the south and southwest.  What’s burning right now includes “a variety or material” including old tires. Those with respiratory problems are advised to “take precautions and to remain indoors.” An evacuation advisory remains in effect for those located downslope from the flow.

The Pahoa Village Road between Apa’a Street and the Post Office Road remains closed and limited to area residents only. Civil Defense advises that  drivers “should use caution and slow down on Highway 130 near the Post Office Road intersection. Residents of the restricted area should not bring unauthorized persons into the restricted area.”

The Red Cross has opened a shelter for those who need to evacuate, including those who need to leave because of respiratory problems, at the Church of a Sure Foundation at 16-1592 Pohaku Circle, off of Highway 130 between Keaau-Pahoa Road and Pohaku Place.   The shelter is open 24/7. Cots are available, but bring your own pillows and additional blankets if needed. Pets in carriers are allowed.  For more information, call .

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