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UPDATE: Flash Flood Watch for the Big Island

August 18, 2015, 7:13 AM HST
* Updated August 18, 2:43 PM
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***Updated at 2:30 p.m. to include information from the National Weather Service.***

The National Weather Service has canceled the Flood Advisory for the Big Island, while a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

***Updated at 12:10 p.m. to include information from the National Weather Service. ***

Heavy rain on the windward side of the North Kohala district has caused the National Weather Service to issue a Flood Advisory for the Big Island until 3 p.m.

National Weather Service image as of 12:10 p.m.

National Weather Service image as of 12:10 p.m.

NWS officials say rain is falling at rates of two to three inches per hour in the North Kohala are, and is expected to develop in other aread in the North and South Kohala Districts over the next couple of hours.

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The Flood Advisory encompasses the entire island, including areas like Hawi, Kapaau, Waikoloa, Kawaihae, and Waimea.

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Additionally, a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for the entire state until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

***Updated at 8 a.m. to include National Weather Service information. ***

As quickly as the Big Island Flood Advisory was canceled early Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Watch for the entire state through 6 a.m. Wednesday.

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NWS says the watch follows extremely moist and unstable atmospheric conditions that could bring slow-moving heavy downpours that may lead to flash flooding.

***Original story posted at 7:13 a.m.***

Heavy rainfall caused flooding in various areas throughout the island Monday afternoon and evening.

As of early Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service cancelled the Flood Advisory for the Big Island as conditions have begun to improve islandwide with just light rain falling in isolated areas.

All major highways and roadways were reopened overnight, including Kuakini Highway and Hualalai Road and Akoni Pule Highway at Kawaihae Harbor.

The road closure on Kupuna Road, or Old School Road, in Ahualoa has remained in effect as hazardous conditions remain. Crews are working to clear the area so the road may reopen.

Motorists are advised by Hawai’i County Civil Defense to drive carefully as ponding, runoff, and other dangerous conditions may still present a threat.

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