News

Flood Advisory Issued for Hawaiʻi County

October 23, 2017, 12:17 PM HST
* Updated October 23, 11:29 PM
Listen to this Article
1 minute
Loading Audio...
A
A
A

Update 11:20 p.m.:

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Flood Advisory for the island of Hawaii in Hawaii County until 2:15 a.m.

At 11:09 p.m., radar indicated heavy showers with a few thunderstorms tracking north over the Big Island. Rain was falling at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour in the heavier showers.

Locations in the advisory include the entire island of the Big Island.

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

ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW AD

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

ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW AD

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 2:15 a.m. if heavy rain persists.

A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through 6 p.m. Tuesday.

ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW AD

Previous Post:

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Hawaiʻi Island.

A flash flood watch means conditions may develop that lead to dangerous flash flooding.

Heavy showers are expected to develop this afternoon/evening through tomorrow. Police report all roads are open at this time, but advise that driving conditions deteriorate during heavy downpours.

In addition, the National Weather Service issued a High Wind Watch for Hawaiʻi Island summits today through tomorrow.

A High Wind Watch means regular winds of 35-45 mph with gusts over 70 mph are expected for summit areas 8,000 ft. and above. Motorists in the area are advised to drive with caution.

Comments

This comments section is a public community forum for the purpose of free expression. Although Big Island Now encourages respectful communication only, some content may be considered offensive. Please view at your own discretion. View Comments

Newsletters

Get a quick summary of what’s happening on the Big Island with our daily & weekly email of news highlights.