Flash Flood Warning expires on Big Island as heavy rains finally diminish

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Torrential rains drenched Hawaii Island for another day Thursday, spurring widespread flooding.

Much of the eastern half of the island was under a Flash Flood Warning for much of the day.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has also extended a Flash Flood Watch for for the Big Island and Maui through 6 p.m. Friday as deep moisture continues to stream in from the east, resulting in rain falling on ground already saturated by this week's downpours. The Watch has also been expanded to include the island of Kauai.

About noon, heavy rains were falling in Hilo, Puna and Hamakua. Video shot in Hilo on Thursday morning showed the Bayfront soccer fields under water and rivers turned into raging rapids.

The American Red Cross of Hawaii opened a shelter at the Butler Building to accommodate residents affected by the flash flooding.

The Big Island has been drenched by heavy rains over the last several days.

The Saddle Quarry rain gauge on Hawaii Island saw 50 inches over the five-day period ending at noon Thursday, the National Weather Service said.

The National Weather Service said during the 72-hour period from 11 a.m. Monday to 11 a.m. Thursday, the Hakalau rain gauge recorded 27.73 inches of rain. Kulani National Wildlife Refuge got 26.12 inches, Glenwood recorded 24.17 inches, Kawainui Stream got 19.28 inches, Mountain View recorded 17.01 inches. In the Hilo area, Waiakea Uka got 16.94 inches and Piihonua recorded 16.73 inches. Hilo Airport recorded 5.61 inches of rain.

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