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Update: Flash Flood Advisory, for North Kohala, Puna and Hilo Thursday evening (Feb 14)

This is a Civil Defense Flash Flood Advisory message for 7 p.m., Thursday, February 14, 2019.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Advisory for the areas Hawi in North Kohala, Hamakua, Hilo and the Puna District.

A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding that is not a significant threat to life or property is expected or occurring.  Flood problems, such as flooding in low lying areas and areas of poor drainage, as well as minor flooding of streets and roadways are possible.

Due to the Flood Advisory the following are issued:

  • All motorist are advised to drive with caution and be on the alert for debris, run-off, and ponding water.
  • Road closures may occur without warning.
  • All residents in flood prone areas are asked to remain alert for possible flooding conditions.
  • If lightning threatens your area the safest place to be is indoors.

You will be informed of any conditions that may affect your safety.

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. Remember, if lightning does threaten your area, the safest place to be is indoors.

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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A color enhanced infrared GOES-West satellite time-lapse movie of the Central Pacific the past week February 7-14, 2019. Persistant rains can saturate the ground preventing rainwater from soaking in leading to runoff and flooding.

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