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Flood advisory in effect for Big Isle


    Flooding in Hilo has closed Aupuni Street and Kamehameha Hwy.

An earlier flash flood warning for Kauai has expired. However, flooding has spawned some closures for the island.

Kuhio Highway remains closed near the Hanalei Bridge and buses for Kapaa High School and Kapaa Middle School students are unavailable from Hanalei to Haena, according to the Kauai Emergency Management agency.

A flood advisory for Hawaii island has been extended through 10 a.m.

Radar at 6:45 a.m. showed heavy rain falling at 1 to 2 inches over windward and southeastern coasts, weather officials said.

Locations in the advisory include, but are not limited to, Hilo, Naalehu, Paauilo, Waipio Valley, Orchidlands Estates,Kukuihaele, Hawi, Pepeekeo, Keaau, Kamuela, Honokaa and Ookala.

Hawaii County Civil Defense reported the following road closures due to flooding:

  • Kamehameha Avenue between Pauahi Street and Ponahawai Street
  • Pauahi Street between Aupuni Street and Kamehameha Avenue
  • East Kawailani Street between Ho’onani Street and Ahuna Street
  • Kukila Street in front of Ken’s Towing

Meanwhile, a flash flood watch remains in effect through this afternoon for Maui and Hawaii island as rain continues to soak both islands while the summits of Hawaii island are being blanketed by heavy snow.

Areas of heavy moisture are still streaming over Maui and Hawaii island from the east, with particularly heavy rainfall over windward slopes.

Additionally, the summits of Hawaii island above 12,500 feet are under a winter weather advisory through 6 p.m. today with snowfall expected to total up to 4 inches, weather officials said. The snow may mix with or alternate with rain at times.

“Be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibilities, and use extreme caution while driving,” the advisory said.

A strong north-northwest swell is producing large surf along the north-facing shores of the smaller islands. A high surf advisory was extended through 6 a.m. Friday.

The advisory covers the north and east shores of Kauai County, Oahu, Maui and Molokai, the east-facing shores of Hawaii island and the west shores of Kauai County, Oahu and Molokai.

Forecasters expect surf of 18 to 22 feet along the north-facing shores of the smaller islands today. Affected east-facing shores should see surf up to 5 to 8 feet while affected west-facing shores should see surf up to 8 to 12 feet.

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