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Flood advisory expires for Big Island after heavy showers hit leeward areas

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                                Cars drive through water on University Avenue near East Manoa Road after a short heavy downpour in Manoa today.

    DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Cars drive through water on University Avenue near East Manoa Road after a short heavy downpour in Manoa today.

UPDATES:

5:30 p.m.

The flood advisory for Hawaii island has expired.

4:20 p.m.

The flood advisory for Hawaii island has been extended until 7:15 p.m., as heavy showers and thunderstorms continue to cover leeward areas.

Locations in the advisory include Kailua-Kona, Naalehu, Pohakuloa Camp, Captain Cook, Puuanahulu, Honaunau, Waikoloa Village, Kainaliu, Kealakekua, Honalo, Pahala and Wood Valley.

3:45 p.m.

The flood advisory for Oahu has expired but remains in effect for Hawaii island until 4:15 p.m.

The National Weather Service reported heavy showers and thunderstorms over leeward and interior portions on the island at around 1:20 p.m. More showers will flare up through late afternoon, weather officials said.

Locations in the advisory include Kailua-Kona, Naalehu, Honaunau, Kealakekua, Kawa Flats, Pohakuloa Camp, Captain Cook, Puuanahulu, Waikoloa Village, Kainaliu, Honalo and Pahala.

2:50 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued flood advisories for Central Oahu and parts of the Big Island today.

The Oahu advisory, in effect until 4:30 p.m., covers Schofield Barracks, Mililani, Wheeler Field, Kunia, Aiea, Pearl City, Waikele, Waipahu, Wahiawa, Whitmore Village, Waimalu and Helemano Housing.

“At 1:36 p.m., radar indicated heavy rain falling at rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour over central Oahu. Additional heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected through late afternoon,” forecasters said.

The flood advisory for Hawaii County, in effect until 4:15 p.m., covers Kailua-Kona, Naalehu, Honaunau, Kealakekua, Kawa Flats, Pohakuloa Camp, Captain Cook, Puuanahulu, Waikoloa Village, Kainaliu, Honalo and Pahala, according to the weather service.

“At 1:18 p.m., radar indicated scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms producing rain rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour over leeward and interior portions of the Big Island,” officials said.

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Spotty, heavy showers, along with a few thunderstorms, are expected over parts of the Hawaiian isles this afternoon, according to National Weather Service forecasters.

These showers and thunderstorms are expected “to flare over interior portions of all islands, with the greater coverage due on the Big Island.”

Today will still be partly sunny, with highs from 79 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit and variable winds up to 15 mph. Tonight becomes partly cloudy, with isolated showers and lows from 64 to 69 degrees.

On the surf front, the current small, northwest swell will slowly subside through Friday night.

Surf along east and north facing shores will be 3 to 5 feet today before lowering to 2 to 4 feet Thursday.

Surf along west shores will be 2 to 4 feet today, then decrease to 1 to 3 feet Thursday. Surf along south shores will remain at 4 to 6 feet through Thursday.

A new swell building Saturday is expected to produce moderate surf along north and west shores over the weekend, but remain well below the advisory threshold.

Tradewinds, which have weakened, will gradually shift out of the southeast tonight and Thursday as an area of deep low pressure develops northwest of the state. More showers are expected on Friday, along with possible humidity, heading into the weekend.

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