Hilo side of Big Island feeling Flossie's effects

Big Island residents are reporting high winds, flying debris and trees snapping as Tropical Storm Flossie moves across the island chain.

Forecasters say the heavy rain has begun to fall on the Big Island and is expected to begin shortly over Maui County.   Flossie is expected to produce rainfall amounts of 2 – 4 inches over the Big Island with isolated amounts up to 6 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

Click here to see residents describe the effects of Flossie as it approaches.

At 11:53 a.m., the National Weather Service recorded a 32 mph gust at Hilo International Airport.

Big Island officials say route 132 between Nanawale and Lava Tree park is closed due to down trees and power lines. They recommend using Leilani Avenue to bypass.  There is also a report of a power outage in Pahoa.

Kaumana rssident, Tyler Knorr, tells Hawaii News Now "the wind is blowing trees taller than 80 feet around like it's nothing."

High surf is also a factor, affecting east shores of Maui and the Big Island.

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