Flash Flood Warning Again Extended
The National Weather Service in Honolulu has extended a flash flood warning in Hawai‘i County till 9:30 a.m.
At 6:36 a.m., radar indicated heavy rain over and moving onshore in the Puna and Ka‘ū districts from the south. Rain is falling at rates up to three inches per hour in the heaviest showers. Ponding is already occurring along Route 130 between Pāhoa and Kea‘au in the Puna District.
Flooding is being reported in drainages, streams, rivers, roads, properties, and other low-lying areas. Highway 130 is open, but there is heavy rain and ponding in lower Puna. Landslides are possible in steep terrain.
Some locations that will experience flash flooding include Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano, Glenwood, Mountain View, Hawaiian Acres, Orchidland Estates, Pāhoa, Kea‘au, Wood Valley, Pahala, Punalu‘u Beach, Kawa Flats, Nā‘ālehu, Fern Forest, Eden Roc, Fern Acres, Kalapana and Kurtistown.
This warning replaces the warning that was previously in effect for the Puna District. Additionally, this warning replaces the previously issued Flood Advisory that was in effect for Hawai‘i County.
Stay away from streams, rivers, drainage ditches, and culverts, even if they are currently dry. Do not cross fast flowing or rising water in your vehicle, or on foot. Turn around, don’t drown.
This warning may need to be extended beyond 9:30 a.m. if flooding persists.