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Heavy rains prompt flash flood warning for Hawaii island

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 3:53 p.m. HST, May 1, 2014

Heavy showers soaking some areas of Hawaii island have prompted weather officials to issue a flash flood warning for Hawaii County Tuesday afternoon.

A winter weather advisory is also in effect for the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.

Weather radar Tuesday afternoon showed heavy rainfall over the slopes above Hilo has a high as three inches per hour in the Waiakea Uka area. 

Areas in the flash flood warning include Pepeekeo, Papaikou, Honomu, Hakalau, Mountain View, Glenwood and Keeau.

The warning expires at 5:00 p.m. but may need to be extended if flash flooding persists.

A flash flood advisory for the island is until 4:30 p.m.

Residents and visitors are advised to avoid streams, drainage ditches and low-lying areas prone to flooding

The storm system is also bringing snow to the summits above 12,500 feet., where an additional 2 inches of snow  is expected to fall Tuesday.

Forecasters say temperatures are in the lower 30s and winds are from the east with gusts up to 35 mph.

Driving may be hazardous because of snow on the roads. Freezing fog is also expected.

The road to the summit was closed Tuesday morning because of snow and ice.

The winter weather advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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