Flash Flood Watch canceled for Big Island as Tropical Storm Niala passes

Flash Flood Watch issued for Big Island as Tropical Storm Niala approaches

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - [Update 9/29/15 at 5 a.m.]

The Flash Flood Watch has been canceled Monday morning as Niala continues to move in a south-southwest direction away from the Hawaiian islands.

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A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for the Big Island as moisture north of Niala reaches the island, according to the National Weather Service.

The Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 6 a.m. Monday

Forecasters said rainfall amounts of 1 to 4 inches are possible with some locally higher amounts. Accumulations will be higher along south and east slopes of the island. Saturated ground conditions could still result in quicker and more widespread flooding than might be expected otherwise.

Low spots in roadways may also become dangerous and impassable due to runoff. Debris in streams and gulches may clog bridges and culverts, resulting in flooding outside normal channels, and could cause property damage.

The threat of flooding is forecast to diminish by Monday morning.

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