Flood advisory issued for West Hawai‘i
A flood advisory is in effect for various areas in West Hawai‘i until 4 p.m.
According to the National Weather Service, At 12:57 p.m., radar indicated heavy rain over Saddle Road and the slopes of the Ka‘ū District. Rain was falling at a rate of up to 2 inches per hour. Additional heavy showers will be possible over the Kona slopes through this afternoon.
Some locations that will experience flooding include Kailua-Kona, Captain Cook, Waikōloa Village, Hōnaunau, Kealakekua, Kainaliu, Honalo, Pōhakuloa Training Area, Kahalu‘u-Keauhou, Hōlualoa, Wood Valley, Pōhakuloa Camp, Pāhala, Hawaiian Ocean View, Punalu‘u Beach, Pu‘uanahulu, Kawa Flats, Kalaoa, Nā‘ālehu and Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.
Minor flooding on roads, poor drainage areas, and streams is expected. Rainfall and runoff will also cause hazardous driving conditions due to ponding, reduced visibility and poor braking action.
The public is advised to stay away from streams, drainage ditches and low-lying areas prone to flooding.
This advisory may need to be extended beyond 4 p.m. if flooding persists.