Tropical Storm Flossie rages through Hawaiian Islands: 6,000 lose power

July 30, 2013 HAWAII A flood advisory remains in effect for Hawaii Island at least through 6:15 p.m. as the brunt of Tropical Storm Flossie moved past Hilo and East Hawaii and began pestering Kailua-Kona and West Hawaii with heavy rains and high winds. The lower Puna and Kau areas appeared to be the most badly hit portions of East Hawaii. The Hawaii Police Department reported fallen trees on Highway 132, the Pahoa-Kapoho Highway in the area of Lava Tree State Park. The highway was closed around noon but reopened about 2:30, Hawaii County Civil Defense officials said. More than 6,000 customers of the Hawaii Electrical Light Co., mostly from Volcano to Pahoa, lost power after high winds knocked down power lines in various areas of Puna, said Kristin Okinaka, HELCO deputy corporate communications officer. At the peak there were about 6,300 homes and businesses without power, according to Hawaii Electric Light Co. That included 2,800 customers from Volcano to Glenwood, 2,200 customers from Kalapana to Nanawale and 1,300 in Panaewa. Power was restored to some areas, and by mid-afternoon there were 5,000 customers without power, HELCO reported. Power has since been restored to about 500 customers, but HELCO crews are still working on the rest of the outages, Okinaka said about 3:45 p.m. Portions of Kona and Kohala began feeling the brunt of the storm about mid-afternoon. –Star Advertiser
Flights canceled from Alaska: Alaska Airlines has canceled more than two dozen flights to and from Hawaii Monday, in response to Tropical Storm Flossie’s approach to the islands overnight Sunday. Bobbie Egan, a spokesperson for the airline, says morning flights to and from Hawaii through 2 p.m. Pacific Time have been canceled Monday. “Due to the tropical storm, Flossie, we’ve had to cancel 26 flights,” Egan said. None of the affected flights are out of early evening hours onward — about 8 p.m. Pacific time onward — should continue on schedule. Operations at the Lihue airport on Kauai may be affected past that point due to a lack of airport staff there. –KTUU
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3 Responses to Tropical Storm Flossie rages through Hawaiian Islands: 6,000 lose power

  1. Joseph t Repas says:

    Just as a note of interest for anyone interested in the weather anomalies…Philadelphia Pennsylvania and much of southern New Jersey received over 8 inches of rain in just a few hours on Sunday July 28. This broke the one day record for rain fall in Philadelphia and we have had a little over 13 inches of rain this month, which is close to a third of the average rainfall for the entire year here. No major damages reported from the storm but significant stream flooding and downed trees.

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  2. Shelley says:

    Alvin,

    There is no doubt that this hurricane season will be quite active this year and the weather in general has been quite impressive. I was checking out the NHC and this morning and found that a storm I was monitoring turned into a Tropical Depression and just a couple hours ago turned into Tropical Storm Gil with a possible 2nd storm trailing behind it with a “moderate” chance of forming into a drepression. It is the peak time for the season so it’ll be interesting to observe.

    Not to sound grim or anything but I was wondering if two storms have ever merged and it has in the past, it’s called the Fujiwara Effect… the interesting thing that I found was back in 2001 when Gil absorbed Henriette but it later dissipated – and here we are in 2013, Topical Storm Gil with a chance of the storm right behind it forming as Henriette.

    http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/?epac

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fujiwhara_effect

    Just wanted to share…. 🙂

    Thank you for always keeping us all up to date! Your hard work is appreciated,
    shelley

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