Hilo and most of the Big Island in moderate drought

Updated: Feb. 20, 2015 at 10:43 AM HST
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HILO, Hawaii (AP) - One of the nation's rainiest cities in a drought.

National Weather Service hydrologist Kevin Kodama told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald that Hilo and most of the Big Island is in a moderate drought.

Hilo International Airport has had less than 3 inches of rain so far this year. That's less than 20 percent of the normal level.

It's also hot. The temperature hit 87 degrees on Thursday - a record high for Feb. 19. The previous high was 86 degrees, set in 1992.

Dry conditions are boosting business for water haulers as many Puna residents rely on rain catchment systems for their household water.

JB Water Hauling co-owner Loke Medeiros says her company is delivering about 200 loads a month. It normally hauls about 40 loads a month this time of year.

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