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Flood advisory issued for Big Island due to heavy rains in Ka‘u

Infrared satellite image taken at 2 p.m. HST Sunday, March 31, 2013.

Infrared satellite image taken at 2 p.m. HST Sunday, March 31, 2013.

By Hawaii 24/7 Staff

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a flood advisory for the Big Island until 5:30 p.m. this evening.

At 2:18 p.m. weather radar showed heavy rain near Punaluu which is about 45 miles Southwest of Hilo. The area of heavy rain was nearly stationary.

Other locations in the advisory area include, but are not limited to, Wood Vally and Pahala within the Ka‘u District.

People should stay away from streams, drainage ditches and low lying areas prone to flooding. The rainfall and runoff will 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.

The advisory may be extended if the heavy rain continues.

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