This is a Hurricane information update for Tuesday September 1st at 5:50 AM.
As of 5:00AM this morning, Hurricane Ignacio was continuing on a northwest track at 12 miles per hour. Ignacio was located approximately 275 miles northeast of Hilo and recording sustained winds of 80 miles per hour with higher gusts.
As Ignacio continues on the current track and weakens, Hawaii Island could experience the remnants or trailing weather conditions from the storm. This may include windy conditions with gusts up to 40 miles per hour in some areas and localized heavy rains that may cause flooding.
The Bayfront Highway in Hilo is closed between Waianuenue Avenue and Pauahi Street due to surf and rocks on the roadway. All other major highways and roadways are open at this time and motorists are advised to drive with caution and to be prepared for hazardous conditions to include ponding and runoff and to anticipate traffic delays. The Civil Defense Agency will continue to maintain close communications with the National Weather Service and monitor the system.
The High Surf Warning issued for the east facing shores of Hawaii Island has been extended to 6:00AM tomorrow morning. Surf heights of 12 to 20 feet are expected with highest surf conditions coinciding with the high tides. Residents in low lying coastal areas and boat owners are advised to take necessary precautions.
With the ongoing unstable weather conditions the public is advised to monitor your local radio broadcasts for information and updates and to always plan and prepare early for possible impacts from all hazards that pose a threat to our community.
Information and updates on Hurricane Jimena will be popsted in the near future as the system approaches Hawaii. As of 5:00 this morning Jimena was approxiamtely 1000 miles to the east of Hilo and moving west northwest.
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