90-foot tree struck by lightning as thousands of bolts flash across the Big Island

90-foot tree struck by lightning as thousands of bolts flash across the Big Island

BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 90-foot tree was struck by lightning on the Big Island Friday as intense thunderstorms permeated throughout the island.

The Big Island saw more than 4,000 flashes of lightning in a four-hour period on Friday. The 90-foot tree in Ahualoa was caught in the cross-fire and got struck right down the middle.

A flood advisory was issued for the Big Island by the National Weather Service on Friday.

According to the National Weather Service, intense downpours have been washing over the island in short bursts.

At 1:39 p.m., the radar showed thunderstorms with heavy rain from Waimea to the Saddle Road Junction. These thunderstorms are expected to cause cause flooding in poor drainage areas.

Locations in the advisory include Hilo, Kailua-Kona, Pauuilo, Waipio Valley, Orchidlands Estates, Kukuihaele, Pepeekeo, Keaau, Honaunau, Kamuela, Kahaluu-Keauhou and Honokaa.

The advisory will be in effect until 9:30 p.m.

This story will be updated.

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