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Park Services Back to Normal as Flossie Dissipates

Fire crew removing koa tree on Mauna Loa Rd.
Park fire crew members Andrew Lee (l) and Al Aviles (r) remove tree from Mauna Loa Road Tuesday morning
NPS Photo/J.Ferracane

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Date: July 30, 2013
Contact: Jessica Ferracane, 808-985-6018

Hawaii National Park, Hawai‘i – Park officials reopened the following areas within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Tuesday morning, as Flossie weakened into a tropical depression:

 - All of Chain of Craters Road

 - Most backcountry areas, including Mauna Loa and cabins

 - Mauna Loa Road (known locally as “Mauna Loa Strip Road”)

 - All coastal areas, including, ‘Āpua Point, Keauhou, Halapē, and Ka‘aha

 - Kulanaokuaiki campsite - Nāpau campsite - Nāmakanipaio Campgrounds and A-frame cabins

 - Jaggar Museum

Kīlauea Visitor Center returned to normal operating hours of 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. daily.

The National Weather Service downgraded Flossie from a tropical storm to a post-tropical depression early Tuesday, although a flash flood watch remains in effect for all Hawaiian islands.

Storm impacts were minimal in the park. A large koa tree fell across Mauna Loa Road, but was removed, and the road – popular with hikers and birdwatchers – reopened late Tuesday morning.

For updates on storm, go to http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/cphc/

For Civil Defense updates for the County of Hawai‘i, go to http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts/.

 

Did You Know?

'Ama`u fern frond unfurling.

The young fronds of the `ama`u fern (Sadleria cyatheoides) often emerge red to block harmful rays from the sun. They gradually turn green with age.