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Flood advisory issued due to heavy rains in Puna and Hilo districts

Weather advisory map via National Weather Service/NOAA

Weather advisory map via National Weather Service/NOAA

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a flood advisory for the Big Island until 11:15 p.m. this evening (Feb 21).

At 8:01 p.m. weather radar showed numerous showers moving across the Hilo and Puna districts. Rain gages at Hilo International Airport and Pahoa were measuring rates of 1-2 inches per hour. Additional showers will likely affect the same areas for the remainder of the evening.

Other locations in the advisory include, but are not limited to, Papaikou, Keaau, Hawaiian Paradise Park and Hawaiian Beaches.

Campers and hikers should avoid low lying flood prone areas. People should stay away from streams, drainage ditches and low lying areas prone to flooding. The rainfall and runoff will 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.

For links to the latest weather forecasts, reports, radar and satellite imagery visit our Weather Page at

This advisory may be extended beyond 11:15 p.m. if heavy rains persist.

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