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Lightning strikes Hilo as heavy weather hits the Big Island

Lightning strikes Hilo as seen from Hilo International Airport Monday afternoon (May 2). Photography by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7

Lightning strikes Hilo as seen from Hilo International Airport Monday afternoon (May 2). Photography by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7

By Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7

A flood advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Big Island until 3:45 p.m. Monday (May 2).

Doppler radar showed heavy rain near Waikii and over Highway 190 near the Waikoloa Junction. The area of heavy rain is moving slowly westward. Additional areas of heavy rain may develop along South Kohala and North Kona mauka areas through the afternoon.

Lightning strikes were seen over Hilo today along with thunder and dark clouds.

People should stay away from streams, drainage ditches and low lying areas prone to flooding due to possible flooding. The runoff from heavy rain may also cause poor visibility to drivers and ponding on roadways.

UPDATED (5/2/11 at 4:14 p.m.)

The flood advisory for the Big Island has been cancelled. The National Weather Service in Honolulu reports that the heavy rains have subsided.


Photography by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7

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