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UPDATE: Flood Advisory Extended for Big Island

February 22, 2018, 7:34 AM HST
* Updated February 22, 12:51 PM
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UPDATE

The Flood Advisory previously issued has be extended until 1:15 p.m.

At 10:17 a.m., radar indicated heavy rain, with rainfall rates of  1 to 2 inches per hour in some locations, moving onshore from  Kapoho to Na‘alehu.

Locations in the advisory include but are not limited to Laupahoehoe, Pepe‘ekeo, Hilo, Orchidland Estates, Glenwood, Volcano, Kea‘au, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Pahala, and Na‘alehu.

This advisory may need to be extended beyond 115 PM HST if heavy rain persists.

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The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Flood Advisory for Hawai‘i County until 10:15 a.m.

Heavy rains and thunderstorms are possible.

At 7:25 a.m., radar indicated slow-moving heavy rain extending from Pepe‘ekeo to Hilo to Glenwood and Volcano.

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In addition, radar showed more heavy rain will be overspreading the Puna District and portions of the Ka‘ū District over the next couple of hours.

Locations in the advisory include but are not limited to Pepe‘ekeo, Hilo, Kea‘au, Hawaiian Paradise Park, Pāhoa, Mountain View, Glenwood, Volcano and Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

Due to the flood advisory, the following are in effect:

  • Be aware of lightning; the best place to be is indoors.
  • Expect possible interruptions in your utility services.
  • Be on the alert for malfunctioning traffic signals. Please treat flashing traffic lights as a four-way stop.
  • Motorists are advised to drive with caution, and be aware of the possibility of runoff and water ponding on the roadways.
  • Stay away from streams, drainage ditches and low lying areas prone to flooding.
  • 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.

This advisory may need to be extended beyond 1015 AM HST if heavy rain persists.

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