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Flood advisory extended for Big Island due to heavy rains

UPDATED (4:57 PM on 3/31/2014)

The flood advisory for the Big Island has been extended until 7:30 p.m. Monday (March 31).

At 4:18 p.m. weather radar showed heavy showers falling at rates of two inches per hour over the lower Hilo and Puna districts. This area of heavy rain was nearly stationary.

Other locations in the advisory include, but are not limited to, Pepeekeo, Hawaiian Paradise Park, Pahoa and Mountain View.

Campers and hikers should avoid low lying flood prone areas. 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.

For links to the latest weather forecasts, reports, radar and satellite imagery visit our Weather Page at hawaii247.com/weather

UPDATED (2:29 p.m. on 3/31/2014)

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has expaded the flood advisory for the Big Island and extended it to 4:45 p.m.

At 1:42 p.m. weather radar showed heavy showers falling at rates of two inches per hour over the lower Hilo and Puna districts, the Ka‘u slopes and the slopes of the North Kona district near Waikii. Run-off from these showers on the slopes can lead to rapid rises in water in previously dry gulches down to the coast.

Campers and hikers should avoid low lying flood prone areas. 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.

For links to the latest weather forecasts, reports, radar and satellite imagery visit our Weather Page at hawaii247.com/weather

This advisory may be extended beyond 4:45 p.m. if heavy rains persist.

(Posted 1:42 p.m. 3/31/14)

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a flood advisory for the Big Island until 4:15 p.m. Monday (March 31).

At 1:15 p.m. weather radar showed heavy rain along the upper slopes of the Ka‘u district near Wood Valley. This area of heavy rain was nearly stationary.

Other locations in the advisory include, but are not limited to, Pahala and Punaluu Beach.

Campers and hikers should avoid low lying flood prone areas. 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.

For links to the latest weather forecasts, reports, radar and satellite imagery visit our Weather Page at hawaii247.com/weather

The advisory may be extended beyond 4:15 p.m. should heavy rains continue.

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