(BIVN) – The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Flood Advisory for Puna on Hawaiʻi Island.
“At 11:38 a.m. HST, radar indicated heavy rain over windward Big Island, from Hawaiian Paradise Park to Ainaloa to Leilani Estates,” forecasters reported. “Rain was falling at a rate of 2 to 3 inches inches per hour, and showers are drifting toward the south. Locations in the advisory include but are not limited to… Hawaiian Acres, Orchidlands Estates, Nanawale Estates, Keaau, Pahoa and Mountain View.”
A deepening upper level “Kona low” is moving in from the north today “producing slow moving heavy showers and scattered thunderstorms across the state. This Kona low will stall over the central and eastern end of the state on Friday,” the National Weather Service says.
Currently, multiple weather alerts have been posted for the Big Island. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the entire island. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. A High Surf Warning is in effect for east-facing shores. And in the surrounding waters, a Small Craft Advisory as well as a Gale Warning are in effect.
“No roads are closed at this time,” Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense stated. “Motorist should use caution due to occasional heavy downpours, driving conditions are poor. Be on the alert for possible road closures without notice. Expect possible interruptions in your utility services. Be on the alert for malfunctioning traffic signals. Please treat flashing traffic lights as a four-way stop. Remember, if lightning does threaten your area, the safest place to be is indoors.”