The National Weather Service is warning the public of strong thunderstorms on the Big Island.
A flood advisory is also in effect for the island until 6:15 p.m. today.
Hawaii County Civil Defense said thunderstorms and lightning are battering the Saddle Road area, Hilo and Puna. Forecasters said strong thunderstorms were seven miles southwest of Hilo and winds of more than 30 mph are likely to occur.
Hawaiian Paradise Park, Keaau, Mountain View, Orchidland Estates, Hawaiian Acres, Glenwood, Volcano and Kurtistown are forecasted to be impacted by the storm.
Officials warned the public of possible lightning striking the ground as “lightning can strike 10 miles away from a thunderstorm.” Residents are advised to remain indoors if your neighborhood is affected.
The weather service also strongly advised the public to avoid driving through rising waters and to stay away from streams, drainage ditches and other areas susceptible to flooding.