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Flood Advisory issued for Hawaii County

Flooding in Kamuela on the Big Island Tuesday afternoon (Image: Joanna DeRego) Flooding in Kamuela on the Big Island Tuesday afternoon (Image: Joanna DeRego)
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HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A Flood Advisory has been issued for Hawaii County through 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

At 5:26 p.m., radar showed heavy rains associated with a thunderstorm between Honaunau and Kealakekua. A nearby rain gauge showed rainfall rates of 2 inches per hour.

Locations in the advisory include Captain Cook, Honaunau, Kahaluu-Keauhou, and Kealakekua.

The Big Island has seen the heaviest rainfall over the last several days.

For the second day in a row Tuesday, Hilo saw record rainfall.

Some 7.15 inches of rain were recorded at Hilo Airport on Tuesday, nearly double the old record of 3.59 inches for the date set in 1982.

On Monday, 4.04 inches of rain fell at Hilo Airport, beating the old record for the date of 2.99 inches, also set in 1982.

During the 24 hours that ended at 11 p.m. Tuesday, Piihonua picked up 5.22 inches, the Waiakea Experimental Station rain gage recorded 4.81 inches, Pali 2 in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park recorded 4.55 inches, and Mountain View picked up 3.54 inches.

On Maui, Hana Airport recorded 4.55 inches of rain. West Wailuaiki got 1.42 inches.

The windward side of Oahu was drenched Tuesday evening. Between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., 3.03 inches of rain fell in Kahuku, 2.48 inches of rain fell at Punaluu Pump, and the Kii gage recorded 2.07 inches.

With the ground so saturated in these areas, it won't take much rain to cause flash flooding, so forecasters are asking residents to continue to use caution on roads and in low-lying areas.

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