(BIVN) – A Flood Advisory was issued for an area of West Hawaiʻi on Tuesday evening, as a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for the entire island of Hawaiʻi.
The National Weather Service in Honolulu reported that at 3:36 p.m. HST, “radar indicated heavy rain over leeward Big Island slopes between Captain Cook and Waimea. Rain was falling at a rate of up to 2 inches per hour. Additional heavy rainfall is expected through the remainder of the afternoon.”
The Flood Advisory was issued – but not limited to – Kailua-Kona, Pōhakuloa Camp, Captain Cook, Puʻuanahulu, Hōnaunau, Kahaluʻu-Keauhou, Waikoloa Village, Kainaliu, Kealakekua, Honalo, Kalaoa and Pōhakuloa Training Area.
Forecasters are keeping a Flash Flood Watch in place for the island through late tonight, saying “an upper level disturbance will produce periods of slow moving heavy rain and thunderstorms across the islands through tonight. These heavy rains could lead to flash flooding and elevated stream levels.”
Due to the Flood Advisory, the Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense said the following are issued:
- 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.
- 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.