This is Hawaii County Civil Defense with a Tropical Depression Flossie update message for Monday, August 5 at 6 in the morning. As of 5:00 am today the center of Flossie was approximately 155 miles east of Hawaii Island at latitude 19.7 N and longitude 152.7 W, moving in a WNW direction at a speed of 15 miles per hour. Strongest sustained winds are estimated at 35 miles per hour with higher gusts.
The Central Pacific Hurricane Center has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Hawaii Island. A flash flood watch means that conditions are favorable for flash flooding. The High Surf Warning for Hawaii Island has been reduced to a High Surf Advisory. We can expect localized heavy rain, flash flooding, gusty winds and thunderstorms across the island today, so please drive carefully and be alert for changing weather conditions.
The following public safety measures are in effect:
• Seek shelter immediately if you see lightning or hear thunder.
• Do not enter fast moving water on roadways.
• All County beach parks are open, but may close at any time due to dangerous weather conditions.
• The Bayfront Parking lot on Kamehameha Avenue will remain closed until further notice.
• The Hele-On buses will continue to pick-up passengers behind the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium.
Stay tuned to your radio for updates and changes in conditions.