UPDATE – (9:55 p.m.) – The National Weather Service in Honolulu has extended the Flood Advisory for East Hawaiʻi until midnight. From the NWS:
At 8:51 p.m. HST, radar showed rainfall persisting over the Kau and Puna Districts, while gradually diminishing over the north and south Hilo Districts. Many areas have received 4 to 6 inches of rain in the last 6 hours, and water levels in many windward streams, although gradually receding, are higher than they have been in months.
UPDATE – (6:15 p.m.) – The National Weather Service in Honolulu has extended the Flood Advisory for East Hawaiʻi until 9 p.m. Wednesday evening. From the NWS:
At 550 PM HST, radar showed showers continuing to stream into the windward side of the Big Island, leading to nuisance flooding and significant stream rises. Up to 7 inches of rain has fallen so far today at Piihonua, with widespread rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches just in the last 6 hours. This is leading to widespread ponding of water.
(BIVN) – The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Flood Advisory for a large area of East Hawaiʻi, including Hilo, Puna, Hāmākua, and parts of Kaʻū.
The advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. HST.
Locations in the advisory include but are not limited to Hilo, Paʻauilo, Kukuihaele, Pepeʻekeo, Keaʻau, Honokaʻa, Orchidland Estates, Hawaiian Paradise Park, Kāwā Flats, Pāhoa, Hawaiian Acres and Pōhakuloa.
At 3:01 p.m. HST, radar indicated heavy rain near Hilo, forecasters said. Rain was falling at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour.
The Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense issued a message, saying:
- 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.)
This advisory may need to be extended beyond 6 p.m. HST if heavy rain persists.