December 11, 2008 – Hilo, Hawaii
The Kona storm that had been soaking the west side of the Big Island (and flooding out the rest of the Hawaii Islands) pushed east over Hilo this evening, filling the sky with the rare sight of lightning. Distant thunder was also heard.
The Hawaii County Civil Defense issued this message shortly before 5 pm:
“The National Weather service has issued a flash flood watch for the western and southern portions on Hawai’i County. A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. The National Weather Service forecasts rains to continue through tonight and into Friday.
Due to the flash flood watch, the following are issued:
· All motorists are advised to drive with caution and be on the alert for debris, run-off, and ponding of water. The Police Department reports all highways are open at this time, but be aware that closures and slowdowns can occur without warning.
· All residents in flood prone areas are asked to remain on the alert for possible flooding conditions. Again the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Hawai’i Island.
The National Weather Service forecasts rains to continue through tomorrow.”