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All islands remain under flash flood watch

  • By Cindy Ellen Russell / crussell@staradvertiser.com

    Parts of Kamehameha Highway was flooded Monday afternoon.

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                                Satellite images show the weather around Hawaii this afternoon.

    COURTESY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

    Satellite images show the weather around Hawaii this afternoon.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Traffic backed up Monday afternoon on Kamehameha Highway near the Hygenic Store.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Traffic backed up Monday afternoon on Kamehameha Highway near the Hygenic Store.

UPDATED 9:22 p.m.:

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for the state through late tonight.

An upper level disturbance will produce periods of slow-moving heavy rain and thunderstorms across the islands tonight, the weather service said in an updated message at 3:47 p.m.

The heavy rains could lead to flash flooding and elevated stream levels.

The watch is in effect for Kahoolawe, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, Niihau, Oahu, and Hawaii island.

A flash flood advisory that was in effect for the Big Island has been canceled.

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A flood advisory has been extended for the island of Hawaii through 12:15 p.m. today, while a flash flood watch remains in effect for all isles through this evening.

The National Weather Service has extended the flood advisory for Hawaii island after radar at 9:12 a.m. indicated heavy rain near Naalehu. Rain was falling at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour.

Locations in the advisory include but are not limited to Naalehu, Keaau, Orchidland Estates, Hawaiian Paradise Park, Kawa Flats, Pahoa, Hawaiian Acres, Glenwood, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Pahala, Wood Valley and Punaluu Beach.

Officials warn the public to stay away from streams, drainage ditches and low-lying areas prone to flooding. Rainfall and runoff will also cause hazardous driving conditions due to ponding, reduced visibility and poor braking action.

People should not cross fast-flowing or rising water in a vehicle or on foot.

The flash flood watch remains in effect for all isles through 11 p.m. today due to an upper-level disturbance moving into Hawaii from the west, which will produce periods of slow-moving, heavy rains and thunderstorms across all isles through the evening.

These heavy rains, said forecasters, could lead to flash flooding and elevated stream levels.

Today’s forecast is cloudy, with showers and isolated thunderstorms, highs from 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit and variable winds of around 15 mph. The showers and thunderstorms continue tonight, with locally heavy rainfall possible, A flood advisory has been extended for the island of Hawaii through 12:15 p.m. today, while a flash flood watch remains in effect for all isles through this evening.

The National Weather Service has extended the flood advisory for Hawaii island after radar at 9:12 a.m. indicated heavy rain near Naalehu. Rain was falling at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour.

Locations in the advisory include but are not limited to Naalehu, Keaau, Orchidland Estates, Hawaiian Paradise Park, Kawa Flats, Pahoa, Hawaiian Acres, Glenwood, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Pahala, Wood Valley and Punaluu Beach.

Officials warn the public to stay away from streams, drainage ditches and low-lying areas prone to flooding. Rainfall and runoff will also cause hazardous driving conditions due to ponding, reduced visibility and poor braking action.

People should not cross fast flowing or rising water in a vehicle or on foot.

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