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Flood advisory in effect for Hawaii island

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The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for Hawaii island tonight.

At 11 p.m., radar indicated moderate to heavy rain over the windward sections of the island. Rain was falling at a rate of up to 1 inch per hour in areas that saw heavy rainfall earlier today.

Hawaii County Civil Defense reported minor flooding in the Mountain View and Kurtistown areas as well as the Fern Acres subdivision in North Kulani where several roadways were closed.

Rainfall intensity has diminished this evening and conditions should improve in these areas over the next several hours.

Locations in the advisory include but are not limited to Hilo, Hawaiian Acres, Orchidlands Estates, Glenwood, Pepeekeo, Keaau, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Volcano, Hawaiian Paradise Park, Pahoa, Mountain View and Papaikou.

The public is advised to stay away from streams, drainage ditches and low lying areas prone to flooding. Rainfall and runoff may cause hazardous driving conditions.

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