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Flooding closes roads on Hawaii’s Big Island

Posted at 9:39 AM, Aug 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-24 12:39:59-04

Hurricane Lane is taking a toll on roads on Hawaii’s Big Island.
    
Officials say three major roads were closed Friday because of flash flooding. Numerous secondary roads also were closed.
    
More than 30 inches (76 centimeters) of rain associated with the hurricane has fallen on the Big Island with some areas recording 35 inches (89 centimeters) in 48 hours.
    
Multiple landslides could force more closures. Officials say there’s currently only one highway for travel across the island.
    
On Oahu, winds picked up Thursday night and rain began falling shortly after the 6:13 a.m. sunrise.
    
On Maui, county spokesman Rod Antone says a brushfire spread to nearly 0.5 square miles (1.3 square kilometers).
    
He says hills and valleys of west Maui are dry and prone to burning and winds are fueling the flames.
    
Antone says homes may have been destroyed but that had not been confirmed.
    
A woman burned on the hands and legs was flown to Honolulu.

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