UPDATE (8:52 p.m.) – The Flash Flood Warning for the Kona-area of Hawaiʻi Island has expired.
UPDATE (7:30 p.m.) – The Flash Flood Warning continues for Kona. At 7:27 p.m. HST, the National Weather Service reported:
At 716 PM HST…radar indicated heavy rain across the warned area with the heaviest rain falling in the Captain Cook area. Big Island Civil Defense is reporting a road closure due to flooding near the intersection of Palani Road and Mamalahoa Highway. A tree was also reported knock down by gusty winds near the 6 and half mile marker on Mamalahoa Hwy.
(BIVN) – The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Flash Flood Warning for an area along the Kona coast of Hawaiʻi Island until 8:45 p.m. HST.
Forecasters stated in a message issued at 5:52 p.m. HST:
At 548 PM HST, radar and rain gauge data shows very heavy rains along the leeward slopes of the Big Island, extending from Waikoloa Village southward to Honaunau. A rain gauge along Waiaha Stream recently reported rainfall rates of 4 inches per hour, and radar estimates show widespread hourly rainfall rates of 2 to 4 inches in the warning area. Flash flooding is likely ongoing or will begin very shortly within the warning area.
Locations in the warning include but are not limited to Kailua-Kona, Kealakekua, Honalo, Captain Cook, Puuanahulu, Kalaoa, Honaunau, Kahaluu-Keauhou, Kainaliu, Waikoloa Village and Holualoa, forecasters say.