• 25 Oct 2014 /  Closures, Lava Reports, news, Uncategorized

    As of two p.m., the lava flow had advanced another 70 yards since 6:30 this morning, headed northeastward toward the cemetery after crossing Apa`a Street early this morning. It appears to be missing the transfer station for now, but the station will remain closed due to possible hazards from smoke and fumes.  The new temporary transfer station is open and operational on Kaohe Road.  Civil Defense has issued an evacuation notice , advising residents in the flow’s path to “complete all necessary preparations for a possible evacuation by Tuesday October 28th.

    “Apa’a Street and Cemetery Road will remain closed between the Pahoa Transfer Station and the Kaohe Homesteads Road.  In addition, Civil Defense and public safety personnel will be operating in the area round the clock to maintain close observations of flow activity,’ noted the agency’s 2 p.m. bulletin

    The Chronicle will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed.

     

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  • 25 Oct 2014 /  BULLETINS, Lava Reports, news

    The lava flow has officially met civilization.  According to Hawaii County Civil Defense, it crossed Apa`a St. shortly before 4 a.m., and continues to advance toward the northeast, approaching the cemetery, at the rate of about ten yards per hour.

    “Civil Defense and Public Safety personnel will be conducting door to door notifications of residents in the down slope areas of Pahoa Village to insure residents are aware of current activities.  Based on the current flow location, direction and advancement, residents in the flow path will be placed on an evacuation notice,” according to Civil Defense’s morning report.  “The evacuation notice means residents in the flow path areas should prepare for possible evacuation in the next three to five days.  Those area residents will be kept informed of the flow movement and are asked to complete all necessary preparations for a possible evacuation by Tuesday October 28th.

    The Chronicle will continue to provide updates as events develop.

     

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  • 24 Oct 2014 /  BULLETINS, Closures, Lava Reports, news

    After a long, start-and-stop march in which lava was several times predicted to be with a few days of reaching Pahoa, Madame Pele finally stands on the brink of civilization. According to County Civil Defense, the flow advanced 300 yards yesterday, putting it within 250 yards of the Apa`a Street area near the Pahoa Transfer Station. The recycling tent has already been removed from the station, and recycling services ended at noon today; the station itself is expected to close at the end of the business day today.  According to a press release from the County’s Department of Environmental Management, the county has already selected a new temporary site for the transfer station on Kauhele Road above the Pahoa Neighborhood Facility, which will be open tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 25 at 6 a.m., accepting residential refuse, mixed recycling, white goods/scrap metal, green waste and Hi5 cans and reusable items.
    In a Facebook exchange with an area homeowner, Department of Environmental Management head Bobby Jean Leithead-Todd noted that the new site was a temporary emergency measure while the county negotiated for a new permanent site. The county already owns the land at the Kauhele Road site.
    Civil Defense officials will be conducting door to door notifications of residents in the down slope areas of Pahoa Village to insure residents are aware of current activities,”  but no evacuation notice is in effect for now. “Current flow activity does not pose an immediate threat to area communities and no evacuation is needed at this time. Area residents will be given adequate notice to safely evacuate should that be necessary,” noted County Civil Defense’s latest update on the situation.
    Apa’a Street and Cemetery Road remain closed between the Pahoa Transfer Station and the Kaohe Homesteads Road.

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  • 23 Oct 2014 /  Lava Reports, news

    From Hawaii County Civil Defense:

    This morning’s assessment shows that the narrow finger that was advancing along the south edge of the flow has advanced approximately 425 yards since yesterday.  This new flow front is active and moving in a northeast direction.  Currently the leading edge of the advancing flow is approximately .3 miles from the Apa’a Street area near the Pahoa Transfer Station.  There was very little burning activity and smoke conditions were moderate. There is no brush fire threat at this time.

    Current flow activity does not pose an immediate threat to area communities and no evacuation is needed at this time.  Area residents will be given adequate notice to safely evacuate should that be necessary.

    With the change in flow activity and advancement, Apa’a Street and Cemetery Road will be closed between the Pahoa Transfer Station and the Kaohe Homesteads Road.  In addition, Civil Defense and public safety personnel will be operating in the area round the clock to maintain close observations of flow activity.

    The public is reminded that the flow is not visible and cannot be accessed from any public areas.   Access to the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision will remain restricted to area residents only.

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  • 22 Oct 2014 /  BULLETINS, Hurricane, news

    From Hawaii Volcano Observatory’s latest report:

    A Civil Defense overflight this morning found that the breakout that has been advancing about 80 m (90 yd) per day along the southeast edge of the flow since early last week has overtaken the former leading edge of the flow. The former flow tip also advanced about 20 m (25 yd). Civil Defense reports little burning, however, south winds were carrying smoke and vog to lower Puna and Hilo. HVO geologists will conduct investigations of the leading edges of the flow on foot today.

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  • 21 Oct 2014 /  BULLETINS, Lava Reports, news
    From the National Park Service:

    Hawaii National Park, Hawai‘i – Work begins Friday, October 24 on an emergency access route between Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Kalapana along the historic Chain of Craters Road-Kalapana alignment, from the park side.

    The half-mile section of paved road that pedestrians use to access the lava that covered it in 2003 will be closed as of Friday. The popular “Road Closed” sign enrobed in lava will be removed to become part of park history. Other closures include the historic flows and coastal area alongside the construction.

    H?lei Sea Arch, the turnaround, bathrooms, and concession stand near the turnaround will remain open.

    Motorists can expect traffic delays early Thursday and Friday mornings as large bulldozers and heavy equipment are transported from the summit of K?lauea down the 19-mile stretch of Chain of Craters Road to the turnaround.

    “We intend to reopen the closed area as soon as it is safe to do so and the bulldozers move closer to Kalapana,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “But now is the time to take those last photos of the iconic ‘Road Closed’ sign before it is removed on Friday,” she said.

    Last week, bulldozers from the Kalapana side graded the 2.2-mile portion of Highway 130 covered in lava to where it meets the park boundary and becomes Chain of Craters Road. This week, crews start to grade the 5.4 miles through the park to the Kalapana boundary. The work is being done by the County of Hawai‘i, and overseen by the National Park Service and Federal Highways Administration.

    Opened in 1965, Chain of Craters Road has been covered and blocked by lava for 37 years of its 49-year existence.

    The emergency route is being built to assist residents of lower Puna, whose access to the rest of the island would be cut off if lava from K?lauea Volcano’s June 27 flow reaches the ocean.

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  • 21 Oct 2014 /  BULLETINS, Lava Reports, news

    From Hawaii Volcano Observatory’s report this morning:

    A Hawaiian Volcano Observatory overflight yesterday afternoon found that the flow had moved no closer to Apa?a St/Cemetery Rd over the weekend, but the flow front had widened and small breakouts were scattered across the flow from right at the front up to about 2 km (1.2 mi) upslope. One of these breakouts was a narrow lobe that has been advancing along the southeast edge of the flow since early last week, moving about 80 m (90 yd) per day on average. This lobe was a day or two away from overtaking the tip of the flow, if it keeps moving. The only other breakouts observed on the flow were mid-way along its length, in the area where lava first entered cracks on August 18. There, activity was relatively weak and was focused along a narrow finger of lava has been moving toward the east within a shallow graben for the last few weeks. It intersected an older part of the flow within the crack system over the weekend. No other active surface flows were observed in this area.

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  • 19 Oct 2014 /  BULLETINS, Hurricane, news

    It’s the storm that just won’t go away.  The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for parts of East Hawaii, because of a “nearly stationary” band of heavy rain. The advisory includes, “but is not limited to,” Hilo Pepe`eke`o, O`okala and Hawaiian Paradise Park.  Residents are advised to stay away from streams, drainage channels and low-lying areas.  Driving may be hazardous do do ponding on roadways.  The advisory is scheduled until 10:15 a.m., but may be extended if the rain doesn’t move on.

    Hurricane Ana’ center remains due south of  Kauai, which is under a tropical storm warning, but the satellite image still shows clouds  blanketing the nearly the entire state. A hurricane watch is in effect for all of the Northwest Hawaiian Islands.

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  • 18 Oct 2014 /  BULLETINS, Hurricane, news

    The Island of Hawai`i is now on the backside of Hurricane Ana, but rain continues to fall and more thunderstorms may occur between now and this evening. The heaviest impacts of the storm have been felt in the Ka`u district, with rainfall averages of 4-8 inches.  Wind gusts of 45 mph have been recorded, especially in the Ocean View, South Point and the Saddle area, and gusts of up to 50 mph may occur in the vicinity of thunderstorms. So far, the record rainfall for the storm comes from a station on Mauna Loa above Kilauea, where 11.2 inches have been recorded. A flash flood warning is in effect originally scheduled to expire at 3 p.m. and has been  extended to 6 p.m. The storm is moving relatively slowly–only about 10 mph–which is extending its stay on the island.
    The storm remains a Category 1 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph and gusts of up to 92 mph. But the core, where the winds are strongest, passed south of the island and is expected also miss the other main islands, though Kaui may still be at risk. The eye of the storm is currently south of O`ahu, and Maui and Honolulu counties are experiencing some rain, wind and surf impact from the storm, with impacts expected to begin shortly on Kauai.Satellite Images for ANA

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  • 17 Oct 2014 /  Uncategorized

    Ana has increased in strength from tropical storm to hurricane, with maximum winds of around 80 miles per hour, but the eye of the storm is passing south of the Big Island.   The storm center is currently about 230 miles south of Hilo. Even so, the island can expect some impacts.  Chris Brenchley of the National Weather Service said residents on the southeast and south sides of the island could expect waves of 10 to 20 feet, and low-lying areas could experience an additional storm surge of one to two feet. “Conditions on the far south end of the Big Island have begun to show the first effects,” of the storm, said Brenchley, with reported 12-foot surf along the southeast side of the island. Reports of gusts as much as 40 mph in the exposed areas around South Point have been reported, despite the storm’s southerly course.
    A flash flood watch began at noon today, and will continue until Sunday evening. Two to eight inches of rain are expected, with up to12 inches in some areas. The heaviest rainfall will probably occur in upland areas of Kilauea and Mauna Loa. The first Ana-related precipitation is expected to reach the island in the next 6-12 hours. Brenchley said the maximum impacts of the storm in Kona would be felt in the late this evening and overnight, with the storm reaching its closes proximity in the early morning.Satellite Images for ANA

  • 17 Oct 2014 /  BULLETINS, Lava Reports, news

    From Hawaii Volcano Observatory’s Oct. 17 report:

    The June 27th lava flow remains active. This morning’s overflight determined that the flow front advanced only about 50 m (55 yd) since October 15. Small breakouts are scattered across the surface and along the edges of the flow as far as about 2 km (1.2 miles) upslope of the front. The breakouts are widening the overall flow; flow width is 600 m (655 yd) about 1.3 km (0.8 mi) upslope. The flow front is still about 1.3 km (0.8 miles) from Apa?a St/Cemetery Rd, as measured along the steepest-descent line that the flow has been following.

    A few breakouts are also active roughly mid-way along the length of the flow, just upslope from the area where lava enters and travels within ground cracks. One such breakout advanced eastward 215 m (235 yd) in the past 2 days to form a narrow flow about 35 m (38 yd) wide parallel to the crack system. Breakouts have persisted in this area for several weeks, but the number of breakouts and overall level of activity has fallen over the past week.

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  • 17 Oct 2014 /  Hurricane, news, Uncategorized

    Satellite Images for ANAAs the latest NOAA satellite picture shows, the eye wall of the Ana will pass well south of the Big Island, but we can still expect bands of rain. The forecast calls for showers, some heavy, and occasional thunderstorms through Saturday.

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  • 16 Oct 2014 /  BULLETINS, Hurricane, news

    NOAA’s 9  p.m. forecast has shifted the predicted path of Tropical Storm Ana even further south, well away from the Big Island, though strong winds, heavy rains and high surf from the storm are still possible.. Maui and Lanai are now out of the the storm’s predicted path, too, though the “cone of uncertainty” still grazes O’ahu and encompasses Kauai. The storm is still expected to strengthen, and has finally begun its long-predicted shift to the west-northwest, but much later than predicted.  As of 8 p.m., the storm was centered 370 miles south-southeast  of Hilo.

    But NOAA still added this caveat, in capitals:

    "IT IS IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE IN THE MAIN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS NOT TO FOCUS
    TOO CLOSELY ON THE EXACT FORECAST TRACK OF ANA. WITH AN AVERAGE 48
    HOUR TRACK ERROR OF APPROXIMATELY 80 MILES...IT IS STILL TOO SOON TO
    SAY WITH MUCH CERTAINTY WHICH ISLANDS HAVE THE GREATEST CHANCE OF
    EXPERIENCING DIRECT IMPACTS FROM ANA. IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO KEEP
    IN MIND THAT SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS FROM TROPICAL CYCLONES CAN EXTEND
    WELL AWAY FROM THE CENTER."

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  • 16 Oct 2014 /  BULLETINS, Lava Reports, news

    From Hawaii Volcano Observatory’s latest report:

    The June 27th lava flow remains active, but the flow front has stalled. Small breakouts, however, remain scattered across the surface and along the edges of the flow up to about 2 km (1.2 miles) back from the front. The flow width ranges from 200 to 500 m (220 to 550 yards) over this distance. Most breakouts were found within this part of the flow during an overflight yesterday morning (October 15). The flow front at that time was about 1.3 km (0.8 miles) from Apa?a St/Cemetery Rd, as measured along the steepest-descent line that the flow has been following.

    Breakouts are also active roughly mid-way along the length of the flow, just upslope from the area where lava enters and travels within ground cracks. Breakouts have persisted in this area for several weeks, but the number of breakouts and overall level of activity has fallen over the past week.

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  • 16 Oct 2014 /  BULLETINS, Hurricane, news, Uncategorized

    The latest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts for Tropical Storm Ana now have the storm passing south of the Big Island tomorrow. Contrary to predictions yesterday, Ana is still a tropical storm at this time—in fact, it’s weakened since yesterday, with top winds of only 60 miles per hour– though it may yet reach hurricane status.
    The latest map has the “cone of uncertainty,” for the first time, passing just south of Hawai`i Island. After skirting the Kona Coast, it angles northwestward, so that it still encompasses West Maui, Molokai, Lanai, O`ahu and Kauai. The “cone of uncertainty”, however, is defined as the region within which the hurricane has a 66 percent chance of passing, so if one assumes that the other 33 percent has an equal chance of deviating to the north or south, there’s still about a 16.5 percent chance the storm will hit the Big Island. The island is still under a tropical storm watch, with the possibility of high winds and flooding.

    All public and charter schools on the Big Island, however, have announced that they will be closed tomorrow in anticipation of the storm’s passing.

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  • 15 Oct 2014 /  BULLETINS, Hurricane, news

    Tropical Storm Ana is expected become a hurricane this afternoon. According to the current predicted path, the hurricane’s predicted path is most likely to take it just south of South Point on Friday afternoon, and it’s expected to remain a Category One hurricane as it passes along the islands. The predicted path makes it a threat to all the major islands. But the brunt may be taken by Ka`u.
    The NWS’s “cone of uncertainty” would allow the storm to pass either north or south of the major islands, but the current most likely track suggest a leeward passage. Storm winds are expected to average around 75 mph, and waves along southeast shores are expected to be 15-30 feet tall.
    According to a National Weather Service press conference at 2 p.m. today, the storm is currently 630 miles southeast of Hilo, with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour. It’s expected to strengthen to 75 mph this afternoon, and to maintain approximately its course until late Friday, then angle northwestward—basically passing right up the island chain, endangering Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu and Kaui. Unlike Tropical Storme Iselle, which hit Hawaii Island directly and tore itself to pieces on the island’s mountains, Ana is expected to strike only a glancing blow to this island; although the terrain may affect the storm, it’s expected to survive as an intact hurricane. Ana  is expected to slowly weaken as it passes through the island chain, but to remain a low-level hurricane until it reaches the area of Kaui on Monday. Effects could be similar to Iselle, with downed trees, disrupted power and heavy storm surge–except this time, it could affect the entire state. The State Emergency Management Agency recommends that all island residents stock up on at least a week’s worth of food and other supplies before the storm hits.
    The National Weather Service will hold another press briefing at 2 p.m. tomorrow.

     

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