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UPDATE: Island-Wide Flood Advisory

August 17, 2015, 1:49 PM HST
* Updated August 17, 9:22 PM
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***Updated at 9:15 p.m. to include information from the National Weather Service. ****

The National Weather Service has downgraded the Flash Flood Warning to a Flood Advisory until 12 a.m. Tuesday.

Radar continues to show heavy rain on the Big Island, with areas like Kona, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, and Hawi getting large amounts of rain that is nearly stationary.

Although some areas are getting an increased amount, the entire island is included in the advisory.

***Updated at 7:45 p.m. to include information from Hawai’i County Civil Defense.***

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Dangerous flooding conditions have led to an evacuation in Kawaihae.

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Hawai’i County Civil Defense reports that 12 people were evacuated out of the Kawaihae Village area because of the unsafe conditions. Those individuals were sent to an emergency shelter at the Waimea Community Center.

Some additional individuals inside Kawaihae Village have been relocated to different units because of the flooding.

Additionally, Civil Defense reports that Akoni Pule Highway is closed at the Kawaihae Harbor area. Traffic is being detoured through the Kohala Ranch Subdivision.

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***Updated at 7:30 p.m. to include new information from the National Weather Service and Hawai’i County Civil Defense.***

A Flash Flood Warning has been extended for the Big Island until 9 p.m.

According to the National Weather Service, radar images continued to show heavy rain falling around several spots on the Big Island, notable near Kawaihae and Puuanahulu. Nearly stationary heavy run was also falling in Wood Valley and Pahala.

Apelehama Road, near Kalopa State Park, remains closed, according to Hawai’i County Civil Defense, as well as Kupuna Road, or Old School Road, in Ahualoa. The Hawai’i Police Department also reports that Hualalai Road is closed in Kona near Guava Road.

***Updated at 4 p.m. to include information from the National Weather Service and Hawai’i County Civil Defense.***

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for the Big Island until 7 p.m. Radar and rain gauges have reported continued moderate to heavy rainfall over portions of the Big Island, with the highest rates in Hilo, the slopes of the North and South Kona Districts, and South Kohala from Waimea to Waikoloa.

NWS officials say that rain is expected to continue until sunset Monday.

National Weather Service Radar, as of 3:58 p.m.

National Weather Service Radar, as of 3:58 p.m.

Hawai’i County Civil Defense reports that all major highways are open but advises that motorists should drive carefully and be aware of the potential for ponding, runoff, and other hazardous conditions.

Dangerous flooding conditions have caused the closure of the following roadways: Apelehama Road near the Kalopa State Park and Kupuna Road, or Old School Road, in Ahualoa.

***Original story posted at 1:49 p.m.***

A Flood Advisory has been issued for the Big Island until 4 p.m.

The National Weather Service says that stationary, heavy rain is impacting the Paauilo area, 30 miles northwest of Hilo. Heavy showers have also developed in the Mountain View, Glenwood, and Volcano areas.

National Weather Service Radar, as of 12:35 p.m.

National Weather Service Radar, as of 12:35 p.m.

Waipio Valley, Ookala, Kawaihae, Kamuela, Honoka’a, and Hawi are all within the Flood Advisory. The advisory is not limited to these areas as it covers the entire island.

Individuals should stay away from streams, drainage ditches, and low lying area that have the potential for flooding.

Rainfall and runoff may cause hazardous driving conditions for motorists.

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