HAWAII ISLAND – The entire Big Island of Hawaii is under a Flash Flood Advisory.
The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued the advisory, which will be in effect until 5:30 pm HST. At 2:20 pm HST, forecasters say radar showed “an area heavy rain upslope from Kailua-Kona that was nearly stationary. Another area of heavy rain was located between Hilo town and Mountain View moving northeast at less than 10 mph. Rain gages measured rainfall rates from 1 to 3 inches per hour.”
The National Weather Service says other locations in the advisory include but are not limited to Kailua-Kona, Keauhou, Honaunau, Hilo, Keaau and Mountain View.
“Stay away from streams, drainage ditches and low lying areas prone to flooding,” warns the National Weather Service. “Rainfall and runoff will also 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.”