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Flood advisory for North Hawaii, motorists urged to use caution while driving

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a flood advisory for Hawaii Island in the North Hawaii area until 1 a.m. Friday (June 3).

At 9:47 p.m. Thursday (June 2) weather radar indicated the area of heavy rain was nearly stationary in the Kahua Ranch area.

Locations in the advisory include, but are not limited to Mahukona, Puako and Waikoloa Village.

Police report Kohala Mountain Road (Route 250), between mile markers 11 and 13 has water ponding and flooding over the roadway. Motorists are urged to use caution as the road is still open.

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.

This advisory may be exteded beyond 1 a.m. if heavy rains continue.

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