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Flash flood warning issued for Hawaii Island Saturday (Oct 17)

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 flash flood warning for Hawaii Island until 6 p.m. Saturday (Oct 17).

At 2:53 p.m. weather radar indicated nearly stationary thunderstorms producing heavy rain and flash flooding over the leeward and interior sections of Hawaii Island. Radar was showing rain falling at up to three inches per hour.

Locations in the warning include, but are not limited to, Kailua-Kona, Captain Cook, Honaunau, Waikoloa Village, Puuanahulu, Kalaoa, Waikii and Saddle Road Junction.

This warning may be extended beyond 6 p.m. should heavy rains continue.

A flood advisory is also in effect until 4:30 p.m. in the areas of Kealakekua, Naalehu, Pohakuloa Training Area and Hawaiian Ocean View Estates.

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. Excessive runoff may cause rockslides and mudslides in steep terrain.

Debris in streams and gulches may clog bridges and culverts resulting in flooding outside normal water channels causing damage.

Do not cross fast flowing or rising water in your vehicle or on foot. Turn around, don’t drown.

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NWS Infrared Satellite Image Loop

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