First Tropical Storm to Hit Hawaii in 22 Years

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) — 11:48 a.m. HST

The National Weather Service has extended the flash flood warning for the Big Island until 2:30 p.m. HST and the flood advisory for Oahu until 2:15 p.m. HST. Oahu emergency managers urge residents to stay off the streets.

11:01 a.m. HST

The National Weather Service says a flash flood warning is in effect for the Big Island until 11:30 a.m. HST. A flood advisory for Oahu has been extended until 11:15 a.m. HST.

10:55 a.m. HST

State Attorney General David Louie laughs when asked about voter turnout in Hawaii's primary elections Saturday, saying he can't make any predictions. Congressional and gubernatorial primary races will be decided between two storms. There are 17 shelters at polling places statewide.

10:55 a.m. HST

Gov. Neil Abercrombie says no major injuries have been reported, urging residents to "stay safe, stay sensible."

He stresses that even though brunt of storm went over the Big Island and Maui, Kauai and Oahu need to remain vigilant.

10:18 a.m. HST

The National Weather Service reports the highest rainfall total over a 24-hour period ending at 8 a.m. HST Friday was 14.51 inches in Kulani on the Big Island.

10:18 a.m. HST

The National Park Service says its memorial sites at Pearl Harbor will stay closed through Saturday as park staff assess the condition of the park and its facilities and keep an eye on Hurricane Julio.

10:18 a.m. HST

The state Department of Health is issuing a brown-water advisory for all of Hawaii, warning the public to stay out of floodwaters and storm water runoff. Health officials warn that runoff is known to attract sharks because of possible dead animals being washed into the ocean.

9:47 a.m. HST

The Wailuku River on the Big Island is looking less like a calm stream and more like whitewater rapids. Live TV footage of the river that flows to the ocean shows runoff quickly ripping through the stream.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the river averaged 2-4 feet earlier this week but was as high as 17 feet Friday.

9:47 a.m. HST

Honolulu's lifeguard division says about a dozen surfers are riding waves at surf spot nicknamed "Suicides," near the popular Diamond Head crater. Lifeguards on Oahu are planning to only respond to emergency calls and not do regular patrols.

9:47 a.m. HST

The National Weather Service says a flood advisory is in effect until 10:30 a.m. for Oahu as heavy rain fell in parts of the island.


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