(BIVN) – The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Flood Advisory for an area of West Hawaiʻi until 10 p.m. HST.
At 6:53 p.m. HST, “radar indicated heavy showers developing over the leeward side of the Big Island extending north from Keauhou to Waikoloa Village,” forecasters reported. “Rain was falling at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour. Minor flooding of poor drainage areas can be expected.”
Locations in the advisory include but are not limited to Kailua-Kona, Honalo, Puʻuanahulu, Kalaoa, Kahaluʻu-Keauhou, Kainaliu, Waikoloa Village, Holualoa and Kona International Airport.
The Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense issued an alert at 8 p.m., and said:
- Residents in flood prone areas are asked to remain alert for flooding conditions.
- Be aware that road closures may occur without notice.
- Do not attempt to cross flowing water; turn around don’t drown.
- Be on the alert for malfunctioning traffic signals. Please treat flashing traffic lights as a four-way stop.
- Remember, if lightning threatens your area, the safest place to be is indoors.
The Flood Advisory may need to be extended beyond 10 p.m. HST if heavy rain persists, forecasters say.