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State Civil Defense: Flossie could bring heavy rain, winds and floods

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    This 4 p.m. visible satellite image shows Tropical Storm Flossie approaching Hawaii. The storm is about 1,400 miles east of Hilo.

The National Weather Service says Tropical Storm Flossie could bring torrential rainfall, thunder storms and high winds starting Monday on Hawaii island.

Flossie  is about 1,395 miles east of Hilo and is expected to weaken in intensity, but could still produce heavy rain and possible flooding in some parts of the state.

There are currently no watches or warnings in effect, however authorities may issue a flash flood watch or warning over the weekend, the state Civil Defense agency said in a news release.

“Residents should be alert to flash flood watches and warnings because flooding may occur rapidly and threaten life and property,” the Civil Defense news release said. “Ground saturation caused by the heavy showers increase the danger of flash floods, mudslides, and rockslides. State Civil Defense reminds residents and visitors to take appropriate precautions. Be aware of dangers such as streams and other areas prone to flooding and mudslides. If there is the possibility of flooding, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions.”

Residents are also urged to prepare for Hawaii’s wet weather season, which runs from October to March by determining if you live or work in a flood zone, listening for flash flood watches and warnings, and reinforcing your home against potential flood damage.

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