The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Flood Advisory for most of the Big Island until 5:30 p.m.
Forecasters said at 2:20 p.m., radar showed an area of heavy rain upslope from Kailua-Kona that was nearly stationary. Another area of heavy rain was located between Hilo and Mountain View and was moving northeast at less than 10 miles per hour. Rain gages measured rainfall rates from one to three inches per hour.
Other locations in the advisory include but are not limited to Kailua-Kona, Keauhou, Honaunau, Hilo, Keaau and Mountain View.
Persons in the advisory area should stay away from streams, drainage ditches and other low-lying areas that are prone to flooding. The heavy rain may also make driving hazardous because of reduced visibility, roadway ponding and poor braking.
The advisory may be extended if the heavy rain persists.
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