From Hawaaii County Civil Defense at 6:15 p.m., Monday, August 24:
The National Weather Service Flash Flood Watch for Hawaii Island remains in effect. Due to unstable weather conditions and very moist air across the state, the flash flood watch will remain in effect through 6:00PM tomorrow.
Currently heavy rains and occasional thunder and lighting can be expected across all areas of the island.
With the ongoing upper slope rains and runoff, Highway 11 near the Whittington Beach Park in Ka’u is experiencing intermittent road closure due to flooding conditions. Presently the highway is open to one lane traffic; however, motorists are advised to avoid the area and to use alternate routes if possible.
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.
Lastly, in consideration of the hazardous road conditions, the joint Puna Council public meeting scheduled for tonight at the Mt. View School has been cancelled.