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Flash Flood Watch extended for the Big Island until Tuesday (Dec 13)

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NWS Enhanced Radar Mosaic Loop. Colored areas on map indicates rainfall detected by radar.

NWS Enhanced Radar Mosaic Loop. Colored areas on map indicates rainfall detected by radar.

Civil Defense Flash Flood Watch Audio Message

By Hawaii 24/7 Staff

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has extended a Flash Flood Watch for the Big Island until Monday morning (Dec 12).

A flash flood watch means that weather conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. There is a possibility of heavy rain. All residents in flood prone areas are asked to be on the alert and prepare for possible flooding conditions. Be aware that road closures and slowdowns can occur without any warning.

People should stay away from streams, drainage ditches and low lying areas prone to flooding. Rainfall and runoff will cause ponding on roadways and make for poor driving conditions due to water and debris. Motorists and pedestrians are advised not to cross fast flowing or rising water.

There have been a number of weather related problems being caused by the stormy conditions. Police have said trees have fallen down in several areas across roadways and on utility lines. Landslides caused by the heavy rains have also been reported on the Big Island.

Hawaii 24/7 filmed a large albizia tree which had fallen across Pohoiki Road just mauka of Leilani Avenue Saturday night. The roadway was closed to traffic as crews worked to cut down the tree and make repairs to utility lines.

UPDATED FROM HAWAII COUNTY CIVIL DEFENSE (12/13/11)

This is a weather update for Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 5:30 AM. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Hawaii Island effective through 6:00 PM this evening.

A flash flood watch means that weather conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Due to the flash flood watch, the following are issued:

  • There is a possibility of heavy rain.
  • All residents in flood prone areas are asked to be on the alert and prepare for possible flooding conditions.
  • All motorists are asked to drive with caution and be on the alert for debris, runoff and ponding of water.
  • Be aware that road closures and slowdowns can occur without any warning.

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