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Flood advisory issued for Hawaii Island

Weather advisory map via National Weather Service/NOAA

Weather advisory map via National Weather Service/NOAA

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a flood advisory for Hawaii Island until 8:45 p.m. Tuesday (Dec 22).

At 5:52 p.m. weather radar indicated a large area of moderate to heavy rain with thunderstorms across the Puna district, portions of south Hilo and the Ka‘u district extending from near Hilo to Mountain View to Volcano to near Wood Valley. Rainfall rates of 2-3 inches per hour are occurring with the heaviest downpours.

The locations in the advisory include, but are not limited to, Hilo, Hawaiian Paradise Park, Leilani Estates, Keaau, Mountain View, Ainaloa, Papaikou and Kurtistown.

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. Excessive runoff may cause rockslides and mudslides in steep terrain.

Debris in streams and gulches may clog bridges and culverts resulting in flooding outside normal water channels causing damage.

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

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