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UPDATE 2: Unstable Weather/Flood Advisory for Hawai‘i Island

October 13, 2017, 9:07 AM HST
* Updated October 16, 10:16 AM
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UPDATE 2: Oct. 13, 7:36 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Flood Advisory for Hawai‘i County, in effect until 10:30 p.m.

At 7:35 p.m., radar indicated nearly stationary heavy showers  along the leeward Big Island coast near Kealakekua.

Rain was falling at a rate near 2 inches per hour.

Locations in the advisory include but are not limited to Kealakekua, Honalo, Kahaluu-Keauhou and Kainaliu.

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

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Rainfall and runoff will also cause hazardous driving conditions due to ponding, reduced visibility and poor braking action.

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

UPDATE 1: Oct. 13, 3 p.m.

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Unstable weather conditions will continue through today and into tonight for Hawai‘i Island, the National Weather Service reported on Friday, Oct. 13, at 3 p.m.

Police report all roads are open at this time, but advise that driving conditions are poor because of occasional heavy downpours.

If lightning threatens your area, the safest place to be is indoors.

Should power outages occur, be on the alert for non-operable traffic signals.

Treat flashing traffic lights as a four-way stop.

In addition, the National Weather Service expects high surf to approach advisory levels along the shores of North Kohala, Hamakua, North and South Hilo and Puna from tonight through the weekend.

Oceanfront residents and beachgoers along the affected shores are advised to be on the alert for possible high and dangerous surf as well as exercise caution due to the unpredictability of huge swells.

A Small Craft Advisory has also been issued. As a precaution, boat owners and oceanfront residents should take action to secure their property.

ORIGINAL POST: Oct. 13, 9:07 a.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a Food Advisory for Hawai‘i Island on Friday, Oct. 13, at 9 a.m.

Areas affected include Waikoloa, Puako, Kawaihae, Kohala, Waimea and Waipi‘o Valley.

Police report all roads are open at this time, but advise that driving conditions are poor because of occasionally heavy downpours.

Remember, if lightning does threaten your area, the safest place to be is indoors.

Should power outages occur, be on the alert for non-operable traffic signals.

Treat flashing traffic lights as a four-way stop.

Update 10/13/17 at 1 p.m.: Volunteers with the American Red Cross are responding to residential flooding reported in Hāwī. Officials with the Red Cross are heading to the scene to meet with affected residents and ensure their immediate emergency needs for food, shelter and clothing are met.

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