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UPDATE at 11:15 p.m. on Saturday:

The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for the Big Island until 2:15 a.m. Sunday.

UPDATE at 8:21 p.m. on Saturday:

The flood advisory for the Big Island has been canceled. However a flood advisory is still in effect for Maui.

UPDATE at 7:32 p.m. on Saturday:

The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for the Big Island until 10:15 p.m.

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UPDATE at 7:10 p.m. on Saturday:

The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for the island of Maui until 9:45 p.m.

Other locations in the advisory include but are not limited to Nahiku, Makawao, Kipahulu, Huelo, Hamoa, and Haiku. 

UPDATE at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday:

The National Weather Service has canceled the flood advisory for the Big Island that was in effect until 7 p.m. However, a winter weather advisory remains in effect until 6 a.m. Sunday.

UPDATE at 4:15 p.m. on Saturday:

While the flash flood watch has been canceled, a nearly stationary area of heavy rain has developed near Kailua-Kona, so the National Weather Service has issued a Flood Advisory for the area until 7 p.m. Other locations in the advisory include but are not limited to Keahole Point, Puuanahulu and the Kona Village Resort.

UPDATE at 3:35 p.m. on Saturday:

The threat of heavy showers has diminished, and the National Weather Service has canceled the Flash Flood Watch that was in effect for Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii.

However, a winter weather advisory remains in effect for elevations above 8,000 feet on Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on the Big Island until 6 a.m. Sunday.

UPDATE at 7:55 a.m. on Saturday:

It's a bit quieter so far this morning, with no warnings or advisories in effect. However, the Flash Flood Watch for Maui and the Big Island is still in effect until 6 p.m.

UPDATE at 10:45 p.m. on Friday:

Flood advisory for the island of Maui has been extended until 1:45 a.m.

UPDATE at 9:28 p.m. on Friday:

Flood advisory for the island of Maui until 10:45 p.m.

UDPATE at 4:34 p.m. on Friday:

Flood Advisory for the Big Island has been issued starting at 4:26 p.m. and lasting until 7:30 p.m..

UDPATE at 3:39 p.m. on Friday:

The National Weather Service has canceled the flash flood warning for Maui. Radar shows heavy rain has ended. However, a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for Maui and the Big Island tonight and tomorrow.

FYI, the current temperature atop Mauna Kea is 25.6 degrees Fahrenheit. The road to the summit is closed at the visitors center, as the summit areas above 10,500 feet remain under a Winter Storm Warning through 6 p.m. Saturday.

UPDATE at 1:13 p.m. on Friday:

The National Weather Service has lifted the flood advisory for the Big Island.

UPDATE at 12:51 p.m. on Friday:

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the island of Maui until 3:45 p.m. 

At 12:42 p.m., radar showed heavy rain six miles south of Nahiku or about 23 miles southeast of Kahului.  The area of heavy rain was nearly stationary, according to the National Weather Service.

Other locations in the warning include but are not limited to Pauwela, Keanae, Hana and Haiku.

UPDATE at 11:50 a.m. on Friday:

Flood Advisory for Maui County now in effect until 2:15 p.m.

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UPDATE at 10:34 a.m. on Friday:

Flood Advisory for Big Island now in effect until 1:45 p.m.

At 10:30 a.m. radar showed moderate to heavy rain over the Hilo and Puna districts. The area of heavy rain was nearly stationary.

* Other locations in the advisory include but are not limited to Pepeekeo, Papaikou, Ookala, Laupahoehoe, Honomu and Hakalau.

UPDATE at 9:42 a.m. on Friday:

The Hawaiian Electric Company is reporting that power has been restored in Waihee.

UPDATE at 8:39 a.m. on Friday:

A flood advisory has been posted for Maui until 11:15 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.

UPDATE at 8:35 a.m. on Friday:

On Maui Baldwin Park in Paia is closed due to flooding. Also, for Upcountry residents affected by the damaged waterline. The potable water tanker is located on Kokomo Road, at a vacant lot between Hoolea and Puuomalei Roads.

UPDATE at 7:51 a.m. on Friday:

 The Hawaiian Electric Company says that two power outages that appear to be weather-related are affecting customers in different parts of Oahu. A HECO spokesperson says that 250 customers are without power in Waihee, and some 1,200 customers in Alewa Heights and Kalihi have been affected as well. 

UPDATE at 6:45 a.m. on Friday:

 The Department of Emergency management has released a list of safety tips for residents to take into consideration during a flash flood warning:

• Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, washes, etc.
• Avoid already flooded and high velocity flow areas. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams.
• If driving, be aware that the road bed may not be intact under flood waters. Turn around and go another way. NEVER drive through flooded roadways!
• If the vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground. Rapidly rising water may engulf the vehicle and its occupants and sweep them away. Remember, it's better to be wet than dead!
• Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
• Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
When you receive a FLOOD WARNING:
• If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
• Move to a safe area before access is cut off by flood water.
• Continue monitoring NOAA Weather Radio, television, or emergency broadcast station for information.
During the flood:
• Avoid areas subject to sudden flooding.
• If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, STOP! Turn around and go another way.
• Do not attempt to drive over a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The road bed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped.
• Children should NEVER play around high water, storm drains or viaducts.

UPDATE at 6:08 a.m. on Friday:

Rescue operations are scheduled to resume on Kauai at first light after one hiker was swept away into the ocean while attempting to cross a swollen Hanakapiai Stream on Thursday. 50 others are confirmed to be stranded in the Hanakapiai Valley, unable to cross the stream.

Click here for more information on this developing story.

UPDATE at 6:00 a.m. on Friday:

A portion of Alewa Drive in Honolulu is closed due to low hanging wires blocking roadway, according to police.

Click here to follow Danielle Tucker on Twitter for traffic updates.

UPDATE at 5:30 a.m. on Friday:

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the island of Oahu, effective until 8:45 a.m. on Friday. 

A flash flood warning means flash flooding is imminent or already occurring in streams, roads and low lying areas. Those in low lying areas should move to higher ground immediately.

The warning may be extended past 8:45 a.m. if flood conditions persist.

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UPDATE at 5:30 a.m. on Friday:

The following roads are closed on Maui because of severe weather-related issues:

  • Road crews will be cleaning up debris on Kee and Brewer roads between Makawao Avenue and Baldwin.
  • Kaluanui Road is closed between Baldwin and Kokomo Road and Makawao Avenue is closed between Piiholo and Kokomo.
  • A major traffic signal is out at the intersection of lower Main and Waena Street that leads up to the Wailuku Community Center. Stop signs have been set up to help you until repairs are made, so treat it as a 4-way stop.

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UPDATE at 5:16 a.m. on Friday:

Hawaii News Now has received several reports of active thunder storm activity in the Waialua, Haleiwa and Mililani areas. A flash flood advisory is in effect for Windward Oahu.

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UPDATE at 5:15 a.m. on Friday:

The National Weather Service has extended a high surf advisory for east-facing shores of Oahu until 6 p.m. on Sunday. Waves forecasted between 6 and 9 feet are expected through the weekend, with strong winds and currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.

UPDATE at 4:47 a.m. on Friday:

The National Weather Service in Honolulu issued a flood advisory for Windward Oahu early Friday morning until 7:00 a.m.

According to the NWS, a rain gage near the Waikane stream showed heavy rain falling at a rate of almost 2 inches per hour. Additional showers with locally heavy rainfall are moving onshore along the windward side of Oahu.

A flood advisory posted for Hawaii island has also been extended by the National Weather Service until 7:45 a.m.

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UPDATE at 2:51 a.m. on Friday:

Windward areas of the Big Island of Hawaii remain under a flood advisory, which is now in effect until 4:45 a.m.

The National Weather Service said radar shortly before 2 a.m. showed a nearly stationary area of heavy showers west of Pahoa.

Other locations in the advisory include but are not limited to Hilo, Glenwood, Ookala, Mountain View, Laupahoehoe, Keaau, Kapoho, Honomu, Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaiian Beaches and Hakalau.

Persons in those areas should stay away from streams, drainage ditches and low-lying areas that are prone to flooding. The rainfall and runoff will also cause hazardous driving conditions because of ponding, reduced visibility and poor braking. Do not cross fast-flowing or rising water in your vehicle or on foot.

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