The National Weather Service in Honolulu has extended the - Flood advisory for the island of Hawaii - Until 1245 PM HST. - At 921 AM HST, radar indicated heavy rain along windward Big Island from Laupahoehoe to Hilo to Pahoa. Rain was falling at a rate of an inch per hour. * Locations in the advisory include but are not limited to: Hilo, Hawaiian Acres, Paauilo, Waipio Valley, Glenwood, Pepeekeo, Keaau, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Honokaa. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS 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. Do not cross fast flowing or rising water in your vehicle, or on foot. Turn around, don`t drown. This advisory may need to be extended beyond 1245 PM HST if heavy rain persists.
Moderating/Administrative Team Field Observations:
- Kailua-Kona to Holualoa: Moderate to Heavy Rain began falling at 10:45 am this morning and few thunderstorms have been heard in the Holualoa area and is slowly moving from mauka to makai at very slow rate.
- Honoka'a (Hāmākua): Heavy to moderate showers were persistent until 10:00 am this morning but have since slowly let up lead to light to moderate showers along the Hāmākua Coast. Some thunderstorms were heard during the overnight and early morning hours and few we heard offshore in the 'Alenuihāhā Channel.
- South Hilo and Puna (Kaiwiki to Pahoa): Moderate to heavy showers continue to occur in the South Hilo to upper Puna districts. Thunderstorms are still prominent in the area and offshore of Hilo and Puna and moving slowly onshore with the moderate trade winds. Minor ponding and flooding noticed in low lying areas around Downtown Hilo to Kea'au areas.
No Road Closures have been reported by the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) and Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT). They did advise any road closures can occur without notice.