Notice Level: Urgent (EAS - Activated)
A Flash Flood Warning for the East Hawaii districts of Hamakua, Hilo (North and South), Puna, and Ka'ū is in effect until 6:30 am Tuesday morning (January 26th).
Published by: HIRSC - Weather Team
FLASH FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 630 AM HST THIS MORNING FOR THE ISLAND OF HAWAII IN HAWAII COUNTY... At 349 AM HST, radar continued to indicate heavy rain over portions of windward Big Island, from the Hamakua Coast southward through the Hilo, Puna and Kau Districts. Rain was falling at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour, in areas already saturated from recent heavy rainfall. Flash flooding is occurring or expected to begin shortly. HAZARD...Flash flooding caused by heavy rain. SOURCE...Radar indicated. IMPACT...Flooding in drainages, streams, rivers, roads, properties, and other low-lying areas. Public road closures possible in some areas. Landslides are possible in steep terrain. Some locations that will experience flash flooding include... Hilo, Hawaiian Paradise Park, Honokaa, Volcano, Glenwood, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Mountain View, Pohakuloa Training Area, Pohakuloa Camp, Wood Valley, Hawaiian Acres, Pahala, Keaau, Orchidland Estates, Papaikou, Pepeekeo, Honomu, Punaluu Beach and Hakalau. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Stay away from streams, rivers, drainage ditches, and culverts, even if they are currently dry. Do not cross fast flowing or rising water in your vehicle, or on foot. Turn around, don`t drown. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding. The heavy rains may cause rock and mudslides in steep terrain areas. && This warning may need to be extended beyond 630 AM HST if flooding persists.