Big Island saw more than 2 1/2 feet of rain over the weekend

Published: Jan. 13, 2020 at 10:30 AM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Nearly 30 inchres of rain fell on the Big Island over the weekend, triggering widespread flooding that closed roads and left behind a big mess.

Windward areas of the island from Upolu Point through Hilo and Puna to South Point were under a flash flood warning for most of Saturday night and Sunday.

The National Weather Service canceled the warning Sunday evening.

Highway 11 was finally reopened to traffic Sunday near Kawa Flats between mile markers 57 and 61. The roadway, which is already prone to flooding, was covered with runoff for several hours.

Daniel K. Inouye Highway, also known as Saddle Road, was also closed Saturday night into early Sunday morning because of runoff and debris from heavy rain.

There was also flooding on Bayfront Highway, Pauahi Street and Kamehameha Avenue in Hilo.

The National Weather Service said over the 48-hour period that ended at 1 p.m. Sunday, Saddle Quarry recorded 29.12 inches of rainfall.

Hakalau saw 26.39 inches during the same period.

A rain gauge about 9 miles east of the Mauna Kea summit picked up 24.59 inches of rain, while another gauge near Laupahoehoe got 20.64 inches.

Pahala recorded 20.30 inches.

The entire state remains under a flash flood watch through 6 p.m. Monday, as an upper-level low pressure area will continue to combine with strong trade winds to potentially produce excessive rainfall, especially for windward areas.

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