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Flood Advisory Issued for Portions of Big Island

May 15, 2017, 1:41 PM HST
* Updated May 15, 1:44 PM
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The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Flood Advisory for the Big Island until 3:45 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for Hawaii Island to include areas of North Kohala, Hamakua, Hilo, and Puna.

At 12:41 p.m., radar indicated heavy rain falling over the windward side of the Big Island of Hawai‘i. Rain was falling at a rate of about 1 to 2 inches per hour.

Locations in the advisory include but are not limited to:

Hilo, Hawaiian Paradise Park, Kapaau, Honokaa, Paauilo, Waipio Valley, Orchidlands Estates, Kukuihaele, Hawi, Pepeekeo, Keaau and Kamuela.

Area residents in flood prone areas are asked to be on the alert for possible flooding conditions.

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Stay away from streams, drainage ditches and low lying areas prone to flooding.

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Motorists in affected areas are advised to drive with caution as road closures can occur without notice at any time. Be on the alert for hazardous driving conditions due to ponding and reduced visibility.

Do not cross fast flowing or rising water in your vehicle, or on foot. Turn around, don’t drown.

This advisory may need to be extended beyond 3:45 p.m. if heavy rain persists.

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