Due to unstable weather conditions and very moist air across the state, a flash flood watch will remain in effect through 6:00 p.m. tomorrow, Monday, August 24. As of 6:30 this evening Highway 250, the Kohala Mountain Road had been closed at the 9-mile mark due to heavy flooding. Currently heavy rains and thunder and lighting is being reported across parts of West Hawaii from Waimea through Kona. Residents in the Honoka’a area have reported close lightning strikes on Facebook.
Civil Defens reports that “North Kohala traffic is being detoured through the Kohala Ranch Subdivision. All other major highways and roadways are opened at this time however motorists are advised to drive carefully and to be prepared for hazardous conditions, ponding, and runoff, and to anticipate traffic delays.
The current weather on the island is not, however, part of an organized tropical storm. The nearest such storm, Tropical Depression Kilo, is currently over 800 miles west-southwest of Hilo, and its current projected path takes it well to the west of all the main Hawaiian Islands.