HAWAII ISLAND – A Flood Advisory is in effect for parts of Hawaii Island as heavy rain with thunder is hovering over East Hawaii.
The National Weather Service reports that radar indicated heavy rain south of Hilo near Hawaiian Paradise Park, Mountain View and Volcano at 3:24 pm HST. Rain was falling at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour.
Forecasters say “locations in the advisory include but are not limited to Hilo, Hawaiian Paradise Park, Mountain View, Keaau, Volcano, Glenwood, Orchidlands Estates, Hawaiian Acres, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Ainaloa, Kurtistown and Fern Acres.”
Stay away from streams, drainage ditches and low lying areas prone to flooding. 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.
The Flood Advisory will remain in effect until 6:30 p.m. Monday evening.
While locally heavy rainfall and isolated thunderstorms could continue on the Big Island through Tuesday, forecasters say drier trade wind weather will return Thursday and Friday.